"Life of Pi" -- Vocabulary from Chapters 81-100

"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel is the simple story of a boy on a raft. If that sounds relaxing, there's one problem -- there is also a tiger on the raft.

Before you see the movie, read Yann Martel's exciting novel "Life of Pi" and learn these word lists: Ch's 1-20, Ch's 21-42, Ch's 43-57, Ch's 58-80, and Ch's 81-100.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. feral
    wild and menacing
    There is no doubt in my mind that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without being seen by a soul.
  2. symbiotic
    of organisms living together, especially to mutual advantage
    Which meant that these trees either lived in a symbiotic relationship with the algae, in a giving-and-taking that was to their mutual advantage, or, simpler still, were an integral part of the algae.
  3. stressful
    extremely irritating to the nerves
    All he was aware of was that something stressful and momentous had happened, something beyond the outer limits of his understanding.
  4. euphoria
    a feeling of great elation
    My running became smooth and unselfconscious, a source of euphoria.
  5. olfactory
    of or relating to the sense of smell
    It came to my olfactory sense, full and fresh, overwhelming: the smell of vegetation.
  6. shard
    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
    For two, perhaps three seconds, a gigantic, blinding white shard of glass from a broken cosmic window danced in the sky insubstantial yet overwhelmingly powerful.
  7. torrential
    pouring in abundance
    When the going was good, when the rain was torrential, when the bags had as much water as I thought they could take, I filled the bailing cups, the two plastic buckets, the two multi-purpose plastic containers, the three beakers and the empty cans of water (which I now preciously kept).
  8. figment
    a contrived or fantastic idea
    If you’re not happy with this figment of your fancy, pick another one.
  9. factual
    relating to or characterized by verified information
    “Neither makes a factual difference to you.”
  10. throes
    violent pangs of suffering
    It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God.
  11. botany
    the branch of biology that studies plants
    “I have an uncle who knows a lot about botany. He lives in the country near Hita-Gun. He’s a bonsai master.”
  12. ooze
    pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
    Saliva forcefiilly oozed through the dry pastiness of my mouth.
  13. shimmer
    give off a weakly shining reflection, as of silk
    The island lay just a little further down, shimmering in the water.
  14. disgusting
    highly offensive
    Where were these disgusting, sacrilegious recipes coming from?
  15. parasite
    an animal or plant that lives in or on a host
    Either there was soil deeper down, or this species of tree was a remarkable instance of a commensal or a parasite.
  16. invention
    the creation of something in the mind
    In Japanese a story would have an element of invention in it.
  17. contradict
    be in opposition to
    “Not plants that contradict the laws of nature.”
  18. accumulation
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    I won’t describe what the accumulation of human and animal skeletons, mixed in with innumerable fish and turtle remains, looked like.
  19. core
    the center of an object
    In cross-section it consisted of two concentric walls: the wet, slightly rough outer wall, so vibrantly green, and an inner wall midway between the outer wall and the core of the algae.
  20. daze
    confusion characterized by lack of clarity
    I would fall into a daze, not difficult for someone in such an advanced state of lethargy to begin with.
  21. span
    cover or extend over an area or time period
    But these were seafaring birds that could span the Pacific with hardly a flutter of the wings.
  22. ferry
    a boat transporting people or vehicles over a body of water
    When they got to Tomatan, eight hundred kilometres south of Long Beach, and saw that it was not Tomatlan, Mr. Okamoto decided that they would continue to Santa Rosalia, two hundred kilometres further south, and catch the ferry across the Gulf of California to Guaymas.
  23. pitiful
    inspiring mixed contempt and sorrow
    What kind of a pitiful salesman are you?
  24. skeleton
    the structure providing a frame for the body of an animal
    It picked skeletons clean and fired them to a gleaming white.
  25. feat
    a notable achievement
    It was as the meerkats were hauling the fish out of the pond, displaying real feats of teamwork, that I noticed something curious: every fish, without exception, was already dead.
  26. flexible
    bending and snapping back readily without breaking
    My foot sank into clear water and met the rubbery resistance of something flexible but solid.
  27. anchor
    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    Climbing the giant swells, the boat clung to the sea anchors like a mountain climber to a rope.
  28. collision
    an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object
    No other ship mishap reported in area on that day, so ship-ship collision unlikely.
  29. asphyxiation
    the condition of being deprived of oxygen
    One of my favourite methods of escape was what amounts to gentle asphyxiation.
  30. flabbergasted
    as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
    “I’m flabbergasted. A boot. Putting aside the fact that I am a Hindu and we Hindus consider cows sacred, eating a leather boot conjures to my mind eating all the filth that a foot might exude in addition to all the filth it might step in while shod.”
    “So no boot for you.”
    “Let’s see it first.”

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