The Island of Dr. Moreau

Abject – low, worthless, wretched
Accentuation – the act of emphasizing or distinguishing something
Affectation – a pretense or display
Aft – in nautical terms, close to the stern or rear of a vessel
Akimbo – hands on hips, elbows bowed outwards
Ambuscades – ambushes
Anecdotes – short accounts of individual events
Animosities – bitter and deep hatreds
Aperture – an opening
Ardour – great intensity and emotion
Arrant – completely and undeniably so
Askance – off to the side, implying suspicion or secrecy
Attenuated – weakened, lost intensity or strength
Augury – an event or sign that indicates things to come
Bar of deal – a bar of pine or fir wood
Behoved – was fitting or necessary
Berth – a small space sufficient for an action
Bilin’ – a great amount of something
Binnacle – a case that holds a ship’s compass
Blood-corpuscles – blood cells
Bogle – a phantom or imaginary creature
Bowsprit – a length of wood running out from a ship’s bow
Buff-colored – a pale yellowish pink or yellowish brown
Bulwark – the part of ship’s side above the deck, or something used as a defense or a safeguard
Burthen – a burden
Cane-brake – a clump of canes
Caper – to frolic, canter, or scamper
Cerebration – the use of one’s mind; the actual action of thinking
Circuitous – following a roundabout path
Circumspection – caution, watchfulness
Colloquy – a conversation
Combing of the hatchway – the frame surrounding an opening in a ship’s deck that blocks water from passing through
Companion – a ladder that connects between decks in a ship
Complaisance – a tendency to yield or comply
Comus rout – a reference to Comus, the son of the mythical enchantress Circe, who transformed sailors into animals
Consternation – anxiety or discomfort caused by suspicion or fear
Contagion – the transfer of emotions or other conditions through a group
Cordon – a chain of people
Corrugated – characterized by parallel grooves and ridges
Cower – to draw back or tremble in fright
Cringed – withdrew or winced fearfully

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