a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
But Ozma of Oz, who rules everyone in the Land of Oz, had made a decree that no one should practice magic in her dominions except Glinda the Good and the Wizard of Oz, and when Glinda sent this royal command to the Hyups by means of a strong-winged Eagle, old Bini Aru at once stopped performing magical arts.
Here, the lack of hospitality motivates Kiki to commit his first act of wickedness. This contrasts with the previous night, when Kiki had knocked on the door of a house and was given free food and lodging by simply identifying himself as "a stranger from the Land of Oz." The presence of hospitality usually helps the author to move his characters through different adventures in the many books about Oz.
This surprised Kiki, for in the Land of Oz they do not use money at all, everyone being allowed to take what he wishes without price. He had no money, therefore, and so he turned away to seek hospitality elsewhere.
The chosen definition makes the Nome King seem smart in a mostly good way, but another definition of "shrewd" has a more negative tone: "good at tricking people to get something." Both definitions apply to the Nome King, but at his first meeting with Kiki, he is not trying to trick him. Not until he finds out about a magic word does he try, but Kiki is too shrewd for him.
However, if Ruggedo could get him to transport the wily old Nome to Oz, which he could reach in no other way, he might then induce the boy to follow his advice and enter into the plot for revenge, which he had already planned in his wicked heart.
Once in a while something happens in Oz to disturb the people's happiness for a brief time, for so rich and attractive a fairyland is sure to make a few selfish and greedy outsiders envious, and therefore certain evil-doers have treacherously plotted to conquer Oz and enslave its people and destroy its girl Ruler, and so gain the wealth of Oz for themselves.
The "it" in the example sentence is a cat. But it is a cat made out of glass, with a ruby heart and emerald eyes. Like the magical Scarecrow, the Glass Cat should not need sleep, which makes it seem even more peevish for yelling at Cap'n Bill for waking it.
"How dare you disturb me?" it asked in a peevish voice.
They sprang upon me in an instant; but I lay flat on the ground, so I wouldn't get my legs broken by the great weight of the beasts, and when they tried to bite me I laughed at them and jeered them until they were frantic with rage, for they nearly broke their teeth on my hard glass.
The girl attempted to lift her own feet, to go nearer to her friend, but the ground held them as fast as it held Cap'n Bill's foot. She tried to slide them, or to twist them around, but it was no use; she could not move either foot a hair's breadth.
producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
He was frightened, too, for he recognized them as his most powerful enemies; but he also realized that they could not know he was the former King of the Nomes, because of the beast's form he wore, which disguised him so effectually.
The Goose searched as earnestly as the others, for if he could discover it, he meant to hide it where the Wizard could never find it, because if the Wizard changed him back to his proper form, along with the others, he would then be recognized as Ruggedo the Nome, and they would send him out of the Land of Oz and so ruin all his hopes of conquest.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Ruggedo is not used to coaxing others to do things for him. This is shown when he finally catches up to Kiki and the first words out of his mouth are not gentle or flattering (see the next example sentence). But the former King of the Nomes is now a goose who needs Kiki to transform him, especially before he lays a terrifying egg. So he hisses and mutters to himself, before trying again to coax Kiki.
It was his own transformation that annoyed him and made him indignant, so he ran about the forest hunting for Kiki, so that he might get a better shape and coax the boy to follow his plans to conquer the Land of Oz.
the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
The bird swam swiftly and gracefully toward the Magic Isle, and as it drew nearer its gorgeously colored plumage astonished them. The feathers were of many hues of glistening greens and blues and purples, and it had a yellow head with a red plume, and pink, white and violet in its tail.
The Magic Flower has as many colors as the Lonesome Duck, but it would not be seen as "gaudy" because 1) a flower is supposed to be colorful while a duck is not; 2) the Magic Flower doesn't show all its colors at once and constantly changes colors as it blooms into different flowers.
Without even looking in their direction again, the gaudy fowl entered the water and swam gracefully away.
"I have never seen it myself, but friendly beasts have told me that they have stood on the shore of the river and looked across at the plant in the gold flower-pot and seen hundreds of flowers, of all sorts and sizes, blossom upon it in quick succession.
They were all silent for a time, Dorothy and the Wizard sitting thoughtfully on the raft, and Trot and Cap'n Bill sitting thoughtfully on the toadstools and growing gradually smaller and smaller in size.
suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
Dorothy and her friends arrived at the Royal Palace at an opportune time, for Ozma was holding high court in her Throne Room, where Professor H. M. Wogglebug, T.E., was appealing to her to punish some of the students of the Royal Athletic College, of which he was the Principal.
But it so happened that Professor Wogglebug (who had invented so much that he had acquired the habit) carelessly invented a Square-Meal Tablet, which was no bigger than your little finger-nail but contained, in condensed form, the equal of a bowl of soup, a portion of fried fish, a roast, a salad and a dessert, all of which gave the same nourishment as a square meal.
be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities
"Abound" also means "be in a state of movement of action"--although this was not shown in the descriptions of the garden, this is a garden of Oz, so one should not be surprised if the trees, shrubs, and statues started moving on their own.
Ozma's palace stood in the center of a delightful and extensive garden, where splendid trees and flowering shrubs and statuary and fountains abounded.
It was a queerly assorted company, indeed, for there are more quaint and unusual characters in Oz than in all the rest of the world, and Ozma was more interested in unusual people than in ordinary ones—just as you and I are.
Note the onomatopoeic words used to describe the animals' greeting of Ozma, which increased the tumult created by the cheering of the people and the music from the orchestra.
She was greeted by a cheer from all the assembled company, the animals adding their roars and growls and barks and mewing and cackling to swell the glad tumult, and then all seated themselves at their tables.
New heads were not unusual with Jack, for the pumpkins did not keep long, and when the seeds—which served him as brains—began to get soft and mushy, he realized his head would soon spoil, and so he procured a new one from his great field of pumpkins—grown by him so that he need never lack a head.
"Glorious" also means "having high honor"--while the Magic Flower is physically glorious in its own right, being transported to the palace as a gift for the Ruler makes it even more glorious, because now more people could appreciate its beauty and splendor.
No sooner had Ozma seated herself, with her back to the birthday table, than she noticed that all present were eyeing with curiosity and pleasure something behind her, for the gorgeous Magic Flower was blooming gloriously and the mammoth blossoms that quickly succeeded one another on the plant were beautiful to view and filled the entire room with their delicate fragrance.
The morning after the birthday fete, as the Wizard and Dorothy were walking in the grounds of the palace, Ozma came out and joined them, saying: "I want to hear more of your adventures in the Forest of Gugu, and how you were able to get those dear little monkeys to use in Dorothy's Surprise Cake."
the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
His long white hair and beard waved in the breeze; his eyes flashed hate and vengeance, and so astonished and shocked were they by the sudden appearance of this old enemy of the Oz people that they could only stare at him in silence and shrink away from his wild glare.
"Once before the wicked old Nome came here to conquer us, and then, as now, he drank of the Water of Oblivion and became harmless. But we sent him back to the Nome Kingdom, where he soon learned the old evil ways again.