Big Woods Vocabulary List

airedale

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"Airedale," the boy said.

bayed

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One of them, a young dog hound without judgment yet, bayed once, and they ran for a few feet on what seemed to be a trail.

chickasaw

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Boon Hogganbeck's grandmother had been a Chickasaw woman too, and although the blood had run white since and Boon was a white man, it was not chief's blood.

cotch

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He was a young man den, en in de middle of de picnic, him en two udder white men--I fergit dey name--rid up wid dey pistols out en cotch us niggers one at a time en burned our collars off.

cottonmouth

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At sunset, creeping along the creek bank toward where he had spotted a frog, a cottonmouth moccasin slashed him suddenly across the forearm with a thick, sluggish blow.

demijohn

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When he come in with the demijohn and fixings, Major looks up and says "Where's Ash?"

depthless

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It moved its head and looked at him across the trivial uproar of the hounds, out of the yellow eyes as depthless as Boon's, as free as Boon's of meanness or generosity or gentleness or viciousness.

doored

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Then they would emerge, they would be out of it, the line as sharp as the demarcation of a doored wall.

durned

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But he never said nothing, looking like a durned old frizzle-headed ape.

footlog

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They were both on a footlog across a slough--the Negro gaunt, lean, hard, tireless and desperate; the Indian thick, soft-looking, the apparent embodiment of the supreme reluctance and inertia.

foreknew

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So I reckon He foreknew man would follow and kill the game.

forequarter

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One morning it could not even reach the water, could not raise its forequarters even from the floor.

fotch

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"I figured you would," Ash said, "I fotch you a box of shells."

gallus

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Maybe hit's because he ain't never wore his strength down toting around one of them little black satchels full of pink galluses and shaving soap.

gaunted

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It lay on its side while Sam touched it, its head and the gaunted body, the dog lying motionless, the yellow eyes open.

helling

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"I'm too old to go helling through the woods on a mule or a horse or anything else any more.

hiccuping

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"John Basket," he says; "them Indians," he says, hiccuping slow and quiet and steady.

jouncing

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The cry was a high frantic yapping and Boon was running along the edge of the bluff, his old gun leaping and jouncing against his back on its sling made of a piece of cotton plow-line.

lambency

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Again the boy saw in his eyes that quality of dark and brooding lambency as Sam looked down at the bitch trembling faintly and steadily against the boy's leg.

loverlike

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It caught the dog in both arms, almost loverlike, and they both went down.

malignance

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They were not fierce and there was nothing of petty malevolence in them, but a cold and almost impersonal malignance like some natural force.

markless

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He stood for a moment--a child, alien and lost in the green and soaring gloom of the markless wilderness.

milkiness

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"It's a dog," Sam said, his nostrils arching and collapsing faintly and steadily and that faint, fierce milkiness in his eyes again as on that first morning when the hounds had struck the old bear.

moiling

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He drew back both hammers of the gun but he could see nothing but moiling spotted houndbodies until the bear surged up again.

noways

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"Can't stop him now, noways," Uncle Ike says, dealing the cards.

outed

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Still hammering, he merely shouted back at the boy in a hoarse strangled voice: "Get out of here!

outen

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Genl Cawmpson guv me this un":--the buckshot--"right outen the same gun he kilt that big buck with eight years ago.

paintless

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He saw the camp--a paintless six-room bungalow set on piles above the spring high-water--and he knew already how it was going to look.

percheron

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He wached the big Norman draft horses, the Percherons; the trim carriages from which the men in the fine overcoats and the ladies rosy in furs descended and entered the station.

pickaninny

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He looked back at the house, then down to the quarters, where today no fire burned, no face showed in any door, no pickaninny in the dust, panting.

roached

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He was not present when the subject was broached and McCaslin never told him.

seethes

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Look at the seed, the acorns, at what happens even to carrion when you try to bury it: it refuses too, seethes and struggles too until it reaches light and air again, hunting the sun still.

sheetless

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He laid Lion, bloody coat and all, on his stale sheetless pallet bed which not even Ash, as deft in the house as a woman, could ever make smooth.

shoat

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Not to mention a shoat three years ago."

skeer

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I just thought to myself, "That old nigger has turned powerful tenderhearted all of a sudden, being skeered for Luke Hogganbeck to walk around by himself in the dark.

skeered

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I just thought to myself, "That old nigger has turned powerful tenderhearted all of a sudden, being skeered for Luke Hogganbeck to walk around by himself in the dark.

snick

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Pump it:" but the gun already snicked and he said, "Pump it.

snicked

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Pump it:" but the gun already snicked and he said, "Pump it.

spindling

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"You damn little spindling--" Boon said.

suppled

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It just stopped for an instant, taller than any man, looking at them; then its muscles suppled, gathered.

suspired

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It should have suspired again then but it did not.

swamper

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They were not all swampers this time.

swampers

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They were not all swampers this time.

tarnation

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"What the tarnation hell does this mean?"

undeviation

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He ate them slowly, watching the unbroken line move up the log and into oblivious doom with a steady and terrific undeviation.

unlooped

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Major de Spain unlooped the leather thong of his compass from his buttonhole and gave it to Tennie's Jim.

unpathed

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Sam led them on foot now, unpathed through the markless afternoon, the boy pressing close behind him, the two others, or so it seemed to the boy, on his heels.

unswallowed

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Again they watched his throat working and the unswallowed water sheathing broken and myriad down his chin, channeling his caked chest.

yapped

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He put out his hand and touched the little dog in the boy's arms which still yapped and strained even though the two hounds were out of hearing now.

yourn

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When I finally found her, I reckon she looked about like that colt of yourn looked last June."