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Island of the Blue Dolphins Chapter 11-18 sandpit • a quarry from which sand is excavated. sinew • a piece of tough fibrous tissue uniting muscle to bone or bone to bone; a tendon or ligament. utensils • an implement, container, or other article, especially for household use forbade • past of forbid. slash • cut (something) with a violent sweeping movement, typically using a knife or sword. stalking • pursue or approach stealthily ancestor • a person, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended herbs • any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. labored • work done with great effort and difficulty devilfish • any of a number of marine creatures that are perceived as having a sinister appearance, in particular a devil ray, a stonefish, or an octopus or squid. brackish • slightly salty, as is the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries. legend • a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated reed • a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground. rival • a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity. scatter • throw in various random directions. fetch • go for and then bring back (someone or something). basin • a wide, round open container, especially one used for holding liquid. gnawed • bite at or nibble something persistently. wound • an injury to living tissue caused by a cut, blow, or other impact, typically one in which the skin is cut or broken. crevice • a narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall.