ESL Vocabulary from The Oddyssey by Homer

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To Plunder to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, etc  
To Sniff to draw in through the nose by inhaling  
Cavern A hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface  
To Burnish to polish by friction  
Discerning showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding  
Odious deserving or causing hatred  
To Rebuke to express sharp, stern disapproval  
Arrogant Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance  
Reverie a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing  
Indignant angered at something unjust or wrong  
Wrought made carefully or skillfully  
Intricate detailed, complex  
Uncouth awkward, clumsy, or unmannerly  
To Swagger to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air  
Unvarnished clear  
To Trudge walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud  
To Grieve to feel grief or great sorrow  
Kinfolk relatives or kindred  
Ancestral pertaining to ancestors  
Shawl a square, triangular or oblong piece of wool or other material worn, especially by women, about the shoulders  
Exploit a striking or notable deed  
To Tramp to tread or walk with a firm, heavy, resounding step  
Fleece the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal  
Strode past tense of stride  
To Stride to walk with long steps, as with vigor, haste, impatience or arrogance  
To Weave to interlace so as to form a fabric or material.  
Shroud a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial  
Reputation the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally  
To Engulf To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing  
Dauntless fearless  
To Teem to abound or swarm  
Portico a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch  
To Unyoke to free from a yoke or reign  
Yoke a device for joining together a pair of draft animals  
Sleek smooth or glossy, as hair  
Fleecy covered with, consisting of, or resembling a fleece or wool  
Unerring without mistake  
Brood a number of young produced or hatched at one time  
To Flay to strip off the skin or outer covering of  
Wile a trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap or entice  
To Embark to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey  
Hecatomb a public sacrfice of 100 oxen to the gods  
Palmetto any of various palms having fan-shaped leaves  
Cripple a person or animal that is partially or totally unable to use one or more limbs  
Grievous causing grief or great sorrow  
Insolent boldly rude or disrespectful  
Subterranean existing, situated, or operating below the surface of the earth  
Annihilation total destruction  
Fatigue weariness from bodily or mental exertion  
To Maraud a sudden short attack  
Bachelor an unmarried man  
Pebble a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water  
Invasion an act or instance of invading or entering as an enemy, especially by an army  
Brine water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt  
Feat a noteworthy or extraordinary act or achievement, usually displaying boldness, skill, etc  
Maiden a girl or young, unmarried woman  
To Shamble to walk or go awkwardly  
To Provoke to anger, enrage, exasperate or vex  
Eloquence the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness  
Discernment The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. Keenness of insight and.  
To Appease to satisfy  
Fertile bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crop  
Murky dark, gloomy, and cheerless  
Aegis the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon  
Folly the state or quality of being foolish  
To Reconnoiter to inspect, observe, or survey in order to gain information for military purposes  
Insidious intended to entrap or beguile  
Sty a pen or enclosure for swine  
Swine pig  
Prow the forepart of a ship or boat  
Sheath a case or covering for the blade of sword dagger, or the like  
Unwitting inadvertent  
Seagirt surrounded by the sea  
Bard a person who composed and recited epic or heroic poems, often while playing the harp, lyre, or the like  
Fleet the largest organized unit of naval ships grouped for tactical or other purposes  
Relentlessly unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh  
To Persecute to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, esp. because of religion, race, or beliefs  
Valor boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle  
Swell to grow in bulk, as by the absorption of moisture or the processes of growth  
Ambrosia the food of the gods  
To Slay to kill something with violence  
Ivory the hard white substance, a variety of dentin, composing the main part of the tusks of the elephant, walrus, etc  
Yokel derogatory term referring to the stereotype of unsophisticated country people  
Lard the rendered fat of hogs, especially the internal fat of the abdomen  
Cattle bovine animals, including cows, steer, oxen  

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