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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.