Kingsolver Vocabulary

Kingsolver Vocabulary - Dwayne Jordan Basic Composition...

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Dwayne Jordan Basic Composition October 26, 2010 Vocabulary Vocabulary Vocabulary Word: accrete (204) Original Sentence: Passed down from hummingbird great-grandmothers immemorial, a spectacular genetic map in her mind had instructed her at every step, from snipping out with her beak the firstspiderweb tuft to laying down whatever salivary secretion was needed to accrete and finalize her essential creation Dictionary Definitions: to grow together; adhere Paraphrase: Passed down from hummingbird great-grandmothers immemorial, a spectacular genetic map in her mind had instructed her at every step, from snipping out with her beak the first spider web tuft to laying down whatever salivary secretion was needed to grow and finalize her essential creation Vocabulary Word: calibrated (204) Original Sentence: The spectacular perfection of that nest, that tiny tongue, that beak calibrated perfectly to the length of the tubular red flowers from which she sucks nectar and takes away pollen to commit the essential act of copulation for the plant that feeds her. Dictionary Definitions: to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal Paraphrase: The perfect body of the hummingbird is the same length at the back of red flowers Vocabulary Word: copulation (204) Original Sentence: The spectacular perfection of that nest, that tiny tongue, that beak calibrated perfectly to the length of the tubular red flowers from which she sucks nectar and takes away pollen to commit the essential act of copulation for the plant that feeds her. Dictionary Definitions: a joining together or coupling Paraphrase: The hummingbird takes away pollen to commit the essential act joining for the plant that feeds her Vocabulary Word: robust (205) Original Sentence: Darwin's has proven to be the most robust unifying explanation ever devised in biological science Dictionary Definitions: strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous Paraphrase: Darwin has the strongest explanation in biological science Vocabulary Word: paleontology (205) Original Sentence: After a century and a half, during which time knowledge expanded boundlessly in genetics, geology, paleontology, and all areas of natural science, his
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simple logical construct continues to explain and predict perfectly the existence and behavior of every earthly life form we have ever studied Dictionary Definitions: the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils Paraphrase: After a century and a half, during which time knowledge expanded boundlessly in genetics, geology, history of fossils, and all areas of natural science Vocabulary Word: nostalgic (205) Original Sentence: Many science teachers I know are nostalgic for at least one aspect of the Cold War days, when Sputnik riveted us to the serious business of training our kids to real science, instead of allowing it to be diluted or tossed out to assuage the insecurities of certain ideologues. Dictionary Definitions:
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