nacreous (adj.) — mother-of-pearl

moray (n.) — a mainly nocturnal eelike predatory fish of warm seas that typically hides in crevices with just the head protruding

rummy (n.) — another term for rum

plover (n.) — a short-billed gregarious wading bird

hussier (n.) — an usher

lush (n.) — a heavy drinker, especially a habitual one

metier (n.) — a trade, profession, or occupation

au fond (adv.) — in essence

roe (n.) — the mass of eggs contained in the ovaries of a female fish or shellfish

gaff (n.) — a stick with a hook, or a barbed spear, for landing a large fish

papaw (n.) — another term for papaya

vicarious (adj.) — experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person

prawn (n.) — a marine crustacean that resembles a large shrimp

insularity (n.) — ignorance or lack of interest in cultures, ideas, or people outside one’s own experience

wanton (adj.) — deliberate and unprovoked

bouillabaisse (n.) — a rich, spicy stew or soup made with various kinds of fish, originally from Provence

chancre (n.) — a painless ulcer

kedge (v.) — move by hauling in a hawser attached to a small anchor dropped at some distance


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