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  1. Charybdis
    (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla
  2. Muse
    in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
  3. Nereid
    (Greek mythology) any of the 50 sea nymphs who were daughters of the sea god Nereus
  4. Scylla
    (Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow strait; drowned and devoured sailors who tried to escape Charybdis (a whirlpool) on the other side of the strait
  5. abase
    cause to feel shame
  6. abhorrence
    hate coupled with disgust
  7. ambrosia
    the food and drink of the gods
  8. ample
    more than enough in size or scope or capacity
  9. amulet
    a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
  10. arbor
    a framework that supports climbing plants
  11. asphodel
    any of various chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus having linear leaves and racemes of white or pink or yellow flowers
  12. astern
    at, near, or toward the stern of a ship or airplane
  13. averse
    strongly opposed
  14. avowal
    a statement asserting the truth of something
  15. azure
    of a deep somewhat purplish blue color
  16. baleful
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  17. bane
    something causing misery or death
  18. bared
    having the head uncovered
  19. becalmed
    rendered motionless for lack of wind
  20. benefaction
    an act intending or showing kindness and good will
  21. berth
    a place where a craft can be made fast
  22. bleat
    the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
  23. bower
    a framework that supports climbing plants
  24. brazen
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  25. buffeted
    pounded or hit repeatedly by storms or adversities
  26. cache
    a hidden storage space
  27. caveat
    a warning against certain acts
  28. chaffer
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
  29. citadel
    a stronghold for shelter during a battle
  30. clamber
    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  31. colonnade
    structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns
  32. concubine
    a woman who cohabits with an important man
  33. consort
    keep company with; hang out with
  34. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
  35. coverlet
    a decorative bedspread (usually quilted)
  36. crag
    a steep rugged rock or cliff
  37. dale
    an open valley in a hilly area
  38. dalliance
    the act of delaying and playing instead of working
  39. deliberation
    careful consideration
  40. diachronic
    used of the study of a phenomenon as it changes through time
  41. diatribe
    thunderous verbal attack
  42. dire
    fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
  43. disconsolate
    sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled
  44. doting
    extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
  45. eddy
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind
  46. evince
    give expression to
  47. exanimate
    deprived of life; no longer living
  48. expedient
    appropriate to a purpose
  49. feign
    make believe with the intent to deceive
  50. fettle
    a state of fitness and good health
  51. filigree
    delicate and intricate ornamentation
  52. fir
    any of various evergreen trees of the genus Abies
  53. gullet
    the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
  54. hawser
    large heavy rope for nautical use
  55. hearth
    an open recess in a wall where a fire can be built
  56. hecatomb
    a great sacrifice
  57. hyacinth
    any of numerous bulbous perennial herbs
  58. imperious
    having or showing arrogant superiority to
  59. impertinence
    the trait of being rude and inclined to take liberties
  60. inveigle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  61. kine
    domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
  62. larder
    a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
  63. launder
    convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones
  64. laurel
    a small aromatic tree with shiny dark green leaves
  65. limpid
    clear and bright
  66. lout
    an awkward stupid person
  67. marshall
    (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank
  68. mendicant
    a pauper who lives by begging
  69. mete
    a line that indicates a boundary
  70. minstrel
    a performer in a variety show made up in blackface
  71. nape
    the back side of the neck
  72. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
  73. numinous
    of or relating to or characteristic of a spirit
  74. nymph
    a minor nature goddess depicted as a beautiful maiden
  75. ordain
    invest with ministerial or priestly authority
  76. palestra
    a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
  77. palisade
    a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
  78. pang
    a sudden sharp feeling
  79. parley
    a negotiation between enemies
  80. patrimony
    an inheritance coming by right of birth
  81. pensive
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
  82. petrel
    relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
  83. pigsty
    a pen for swine
  84. pinioned
    (of birds) especially having the flight feathers
  85. promontory
    a natural elevation
  86. prow
    front part of a vessel or aircraft
  87. rampart
    an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
  88. rapt
    feeling great delight
  89. repose
    freedom from activity
  90. rue
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
  91. ruffian
    a cruel and brutal fellow
  92. saunter
    walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
  93. saurian
    any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria which includes lizards; in former classifications included also the crocodiles and dinosaurs
  94. scant
    less than the correct or legal or full amount
  95. scourge
    something causing misery or death
  96. seethe
    foam as if boiling
  97. sequester
    keep away from others
  98. serried
    pressed together
  99. sinew
    a band of tissue connecting a muscle to its bony attachment
  100. singe
    burn superficially or lightly
  101. snare
    a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
  102. sojourn
    a temporary stay
  103. spume
    foam or froth on the sea
  104. stout
    having rugged physical strength
  105. suave
    having a sophisticated charm
  106. superficial
    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
  107. tarry
    leave slowly and hesitantly
  108. thralldom
    the state of being under the control of another person
  109. till
    work land as by ploughing to make it ready for cultivation
  110. timorous
    timid by nature or revealing timidity
  111. travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  112. tread
    put down or press the foot, place the foot
  113. vagabond
    a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
  114. vat
    a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
  115. vex
    disturb, especially by minor irritations
  116. vintner
    someone who sells wine
  117. vista
    the visual percept of a region
  118. votive
    dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
  119. whinny
    the characteristic sounds made by a horse
  120. withy
    strong flexible twig
  121. woe
    misery resulting from affliction
  122. incensed
    angered at something unjust or wrong