Cat'S Cradle Vocabulary List

americanized

(vocab lists with americanized)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"If that immigrant had any descendants, I expect they Americanized the name.

babylonian

(vocab lists with babylonian)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
My hair stood on end, as though Angela were rolling on the floor, foaming at the mouth, and babbling fluent Babylonian.

bartizan

(vocab lists with bartizan)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The albatross, I was told, had been shot from the very bartizan in which the buffet stood.

bombay

(vocab lists with bombay)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The Scheherazade was rammed in a fog in Bombay harbor, and only Johnson survived.

bulgarian

(vocab lists with bulgarian)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
119 MONA THANKS ME "TODAY I WILL BE a Bulgarian Minister of Education," Bokonon tells us.

cadillac

(vocab lists with cadillac)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Turned out the model shop was a front for a ring that stole Cadillacs, ran 'em straight on board old L.S.T.

cadillacs

(vocab lists with cadillacs)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Turned out the model shop was a front for a ring that stole Cadillacs, ran 'em straight on board old L.S.T.

caribbean

(vocab lists with caribbean)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
But Bokononism was unknown beyond the gravel beaches and coral knives that ring this little island in the Caribbean Sea, the Republic of San Lorenzo.

choirgirl

(vocab lists with choirgirl)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Each of about a hundred girls had made herself into a choirgirl by putting on a collar of white bond paper, secured by a paper clip.

crenel

(vocab lists with crenel)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Vines and bird nests clogged the crenels, the machicolations, and the balistrariae.

dropcloth

(vocab lists with dropcloth)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
I went to this door and found a large suite paved with dropcloths.

dulcitude

(vocab lists with dulcitude)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
In honor of the dulcitude of Christmastime, Dr.

feculence

(vocab lists with feculence)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
When Johnson and McCabe came upon the city, it was built of twigs, tin, crates, and mud--rested on the catacombs of a trillion happy scavengers, catacombs in a sour mash of slop, feculence, and slime.

finnish

(vocab lists with finnish)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
There were a couple of drawing tables down there; three pale, bare-boned Scandinavian chairs; a bookcase containing books on architecture, books in German, French, Finnish, Italian, English.

flaccidly

(vocab lists with flaccidly)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
When McCabe and Johnson arrived in 1922 and announced that they were placing themselves in charge, Castle Sugar withdrew flaccidly, as though from a queasy dream.

fugging

(vocab lists with fugging)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"We didn't have all these fugging nets and seashells around.

gandhi

(vocab lists with gandhi)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
He stayed in India for two years, becoming a follower of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

ghoulishly

(vocab lists with ghoulishly)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
He winked ghoulishly.

hearselike

(vocab lists with hearselike)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The Crosbys and I were taken to the Casa Mona hotel in San Lorenzo's one taxi, a hearselike 1939 Chrysler limousine with jump seats.

hoosier

(vocab lists with hoosier)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"My God," she said, "are you a Hoosier?"

hoptoad

(vocab lists with hoptoad)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The balls of his hoptoad eyes were yellow.

leeringly

(vocab lists with leeringly)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The crack gnashed shut; opened wider, leeringly.

longness

(vocab lists with longness)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Wherever possible, he had taken the cosmic view, had taken into consideration, for instance, such things as the shortness of life and the longness of eternity.

marcelled

(vocab lists with marcelled)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
He had a wiry pompadour, a sort of cube of hair, marcelled, that arose to an incredible height.

mawkishly

(vocab lists with mawkishly)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
I was surprised and mawkishly heartbroken.

mayan

(vocab lists with mayan)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"Man told me," He said, "that these here elevators was Mayan architecture.

murkily

(vocab lists with murkily)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"Yes," I agreed murkily.

mussolini

(vocab lists with mussolini)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
In his selfish days he had been as familiar to tabloid readers as Tommy Manville, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Barbara Hutton.

navajo

(vocab lists with navajo)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
It was called the Navajo Tepee in those days.

painty

(vocab lists with painty)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
While still half-snoozing, he put his black, painty hands to his mouth and chin, leaving black smears there.

photographable

(vocab lists with photographable)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"I think, therefore I am, therefore I am photographable."

pilsener

(vocab lists with pilsener)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The Pepsi-Cola was served in plastic Pilseners.

pissants

(vocab lists with pissants)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Crosby was talking about pissants.

pompeii

(vocab lists with pompeii)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Before that it was the Pompeii Room, with busted plaster all over the place; but no matter what they call the room, they never change the fugging light fixtures.

puddly

(vocab lists with puddly)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Apparently, before he sat down in his wicker chair and died, the old man played puddly games in the kitchen with water and pots and pans and ice-nine.

sahara

(vocab lists with sahara)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Everybody was bound to fail, for San Lorenzo was as unproductive as an equal area in the Sahara or the Polar Icecap.

scandinavian

(vocab lists with scandinavian)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
There were a couple of drawing tables down there; three pale, bare-boned Scandinavian chairs; a bookcase containing books on architecture, books in German, French, Finnish, Italian, English.

scheherazade

(vocab lists with scheherazade)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The Scheherazade was rammed in a fog in Bombay harbor, and only Johnson survived.

serbian

(vocab lists with serbian)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
He was captured by Chetniks, royalist Serbian partisans, and then by Communist partisans who attacked the Chetniks.

sicily

(vocab lists with sicily)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
It was famous for appearing in the Strait of Messina, between Calabria and Sicily.

spaniard

(vocab lists with spaniard)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"When France claimed San Lorenzo in 1682," wrote Castle, "no Spaniards complained.

stalin

(vocab lists with stalin)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
"There's old Joe Stalin, closest in, and old Fidel Castro's anchored right next to him."

taunters

(vocab lists with taunters)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
I imagined what the taunters had been like, imagined where Fate had eventually goosed and chivvied them to.

tholepin

(vocab lists with tholepin)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Dr. von Koenigswald slipped the tholepin of an oarlock from its socket in the gunwale of the gilded dinghy.

ukrainian

(vocab lists with ukrainian)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Zinka was a Ukrainian midget, a dancer with the Borzoi Dance Company.

unimitative

(vocab lists with unimitative)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
--The Atlantic Monthly "AN UNIMITATIVE AND INIMITABLE SOCIAL SATIRIST."

whistlingly

(vocab lists with whistlingly)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
Frank had his teeth bared, and his teeth were clenched, and he was breathing shallowly and whistlingly between them.

yugoslav

(vocab lists with yugoslav)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
He and his wife had so far served, he told me, in Bolivia, Chile, Japan, France, Yugoslavia, Egypt, the Union of South Africa, Liberia, and Pakistan.

yugoslavia

(vocab lists with yugoslavia)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
He and his wife had so far served, he told me, in Bolivia, Chile, Japan, France, Yugoslavia, Egypt, the Union of South Africa, Liberia, and Pakistan.

zurich

(vocab lists with zurich)
Definitions: Dictionary.com · Wordnik · Wiktionary
The last they had heard of him, he was a music-box manufacturer in Zurich, Switzerland.