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LETTERS FROM RIFKA

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
vanished to pass out of sight
rucksack knapsack; backpack
bayonet a blade adapted to fit the end of a rifle
battalion an army unit
pivot to turn on a point
commoation a moisy disturbance
sprawling spread out; to stretch out wide
deformity a part that is not normal in shape
spittle liquid secreted in the mouth; saliva
tallis a prayer shawl used by Jewish men
jabber to talk rapidly or unintelligibly
tempest a violent wind storm
cabaret a restaurant or nightclub offering live entertainment
peruke a wig or haipiece
steerage the least expensive way to travel on a slip
immigrant a person who comes into another country to live
emigrant a person who has left his native land to live in another country
pogrom an organized attack on Jews in Russia in late 1800's; an officially encouraged massacre
retched to vomit or try to vomit
simpleton one of weak intellect, judgment, or sense
Red Cross an International organization that helps prisoners of war and their families, relief to victims of natural disasters, etc.
ringworm any of various fungal infections of the skin (especially the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patches; also called: tinea
fumigate to treat (something contaminated or infected) with fumes or smoke
cossacks any of the free warrior-peasants of chiefly East Slavonic descent who lived in communes, especially in Ukraine, and served as cavalry under the tsars
Mitzvah a commandment of the Jewish law; the fulfillment of such a commandment; (Judaism) a good deed
Yiddish a language of central and East European Jews and their descendants elsewhere: based on Rhenish dialects of Middle High German with a mixture of vocabulary from Hebrew and Aramaic, the Slavic languages, and other sources, and written in the Hebrew alphabet
Sabbath the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as the day of rest and religious observance among Jews and some Christians. Ex. 20:8–11.
typhus an acute, infectious disease caused by several species of Rickettsia, transmitted by lice and fleas, and characterized by acute prostration, headache, and a peculiar eruption of reddish spots on the body.
yeast any of several yeasts of the genus Saccharomyces, used in brewing alcoholic beverages, as a leaven in baking breads, and in pharmacology as a source of vitamins and proteins. Compare bottom yeast, brewer's yeast, top yeast.
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