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crucible
n : a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions [syn: melting pot]
ingot
A casting mold for metal.
amulet
An object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.
sibilant
Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh):
servile
Abjectly submissive; slavish.
Of or suitable to a slave or servant.
frond
n. The leaf of a fern
scribe
A public clerk or secretary, especially in ancient times
mourner
a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
sarcophagus
A stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture
quarry
An open excavation or pit from which stone is obtained by digging, cutting, or blasting
papyrus
A tall, aquatic, Mediterranean sedge (Cyperus papyrus) having numerous drooping rays grouped in umbels. Also called Egyptian paper rush, paper plant.
oasis
A fertile or green spot in a desert or wasteland, made so by the presence of water.
A situation or place preserved from surrounding unpleasantness; a refuge
sultan
A powerful person
cargo
The freight carried by a ship, an aircraft, or another vehicle
excavation
A hole formed by excavating
funerary
Of or suitable for a funeral or burial.
recede
To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark
To slope backward
fatigue
tiring effort or activity, that causes weariness
monotonous
Sounded or spoken in an unvarying tone.
Tediously repetitious or lacking in variety. boring
descend
To move from a higher to a lower place; come or go down.
To slope, extend, or incline downward:
idle
inactive
Avoiding work or employment; lazy
portrait
a painting of a person's face portraits
indiscriminate
Random; haphazard
wrath
intense anger
gouge
To cut or scoop out
inflict
To deal something punishing or burdensome
mutilate
badly injured
prophecy
knowledge of the future
inconspicuous
Not readily noticeable.
rouse
To awaken.
To become active.
malevolent
wishing harm to others
elusive
Tending to avoid capture
hasty
Done or made too quickly to be accurate
nocturnal
occurring in the night
dyke
A low wall of earth and rock built to prevent floods
scythe
a long, curved single-edged blade with a long bent handle, used for mowing or reaping
contemptuous
feeling scornful, despising, or hateful
meander
To follow a winding and turning course
thicket
A dense growth of shrubs or underbrush
subdue
To quiet or bring under control by physical force
to conquer
belligerent
eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
jubilant
Expressing joy.
Buoyant
tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas;
Lighthearted; gay: in a buoyant mood.