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rookery
noun
1. a breeding place or colony of gregarious birds or animals, as penguins and seals.

So are four dolphins, several sea otters and a rookery of penguins.
intention
noun
1. a decided course of action; plan.

She went to college with the intention of studying biology.

2. a directed purpose or goal.

The intention of the meeting was to consider the resolution.
ordinance
noun
1. a regulation, law, decree, or rule, esp. one issued by a city or town.

The ordinance forbids smoking in all public buildings.
derby
noun
1. any of numerous horse races run every year and often restricted to three-year-old horses.

2. any race or other competition, usu. one without restrictions on who can participate.
spectacle
noun
1. a visible, usually impressive thing or action, esp. a public performance or display.

2. something that is, has been, or can be seen.

After the rain, a very different spectacle awaited us.

3. plural {spectacles} = eyeglasses, or something resembling them in appearance or use.

phrase-
make a spectacle of oneself
dignity
noun
1. one's sense of worth; pride or self-respect, especially as manifested in one's bearing or behavior.

Shamed by what he had done, no kind words from others could restore his dignity.
Unjustly accused, she walked with tremendous dignity, her head held high, toward the cells.
reluctant
adjective
1. unenthusiastic or unwilling; disinclined.

He was always reluctant to play an instrument when he was young, but now he wishes he had.
She was reluctant to sign the documents without consulting a lawyer.

2. displaying resistance or opposition.

Reluctant members of the committee began a protest.
humble
adjective
1. not prideful or pretentious; modest.

Although he was rich and powerful, he remained a humble man.

2. meek and subservient; servile.
The servants were indeed humble and did not think of complaining.
As a young man, he was ashamed of his father's humble attitude.
idle
adjective
1. not active or in use; not working or scheduled to work; unemployed; unoccupied.

The now idle factory had once employed over five hundred workers.
Her husband's been idle since the factory closed down.

2. tending to avoid work; lazy; slothful.

That idle brother of yours should get out and find himself a job.
municipal
adjective
1.of or relating to a local government or governmental unit.

a municipal sanitation department.
astonishment
transitive verb
1. to fill, suddenly, with great surprise or amazement.

His coolness in a crisis astonished me.
dodo
noun
1. any of several large, clumsy, flightless birds formerly found on islands in the Indian Ocean but now extinct.

2. (informal) a person who is slow-witted or hopelessly old-fashioned.
determined
transitive verb
1. to decide or settle (a question, controversy, or the like) finally and authoritatively.

The jury will determine the outcome of this trial. Have you determined a date for the wedding?

2. to conclude or ascertain following investigation and observation.

I finally determined the answer to the question.