attorney general
the head of the dept. of justice and main legal advisor in a state
camp
a residential activity centre, usually out in the country. Can be for children (summer camp), a specific activity, a Scout or Girl Scout camp, or for correctional purposes (like Camp Green Lake)
custody
care or guardianship of a thing or person
delirious
confused or incoherent, usually because of illness, drugs or dehydration
F.B.I.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the USA’s national security and law enforcement agency
fossil
preserved remains of animals and plants from the past
Girl Scouts
a youth organisation for girls, involving activities, learning new skills, camping, developmental pursuits, and charity work
grotesque
ugly or odd-looking
gypsy
a member of a people who migrated from northern India into Europe around 1500 years ago. They are also known as ‘Romani’. Many are nomadic, and so the word ‘gypsy’ has sometimes come to be applied to any wandering ethnic group
hallucination
seeing something that isn't really there, such as a mirage in the desert
incarcerated
locked up, for example in prison
Jack-o'-Lantern
a pumpkin carved with a grinning or evil face for the holiday of Halloween
jurisdiction
official legal power
leech
a kind of worm that sucks blood
legitimate
lawful
lullaby
a gentle song for sending a child to sleep
mirage
an illusion caused by extreme heat or other atmospheric conditions
Negro
an old term for a person of black ancestry or appearance. This is sometimes now considered a derogative term, though it continues to be used in some contexts
one-room schoolhouse
a school in which all students were taught together in one room
outlaw
a person outside the protection of the law
patent attorney
a lawyer who deals with patent applications
plow
a tool used by farmers to cultivate soil before planting or sowing seed
promissory note
written promise to pay money, an I.O.U.
rattlesnake
a venomous snake with a tail that rattles as a warning to predators
runt
the smallest and weakest baby animal in a litter
sneakers
shoes used for sport and exercise
stagecoach
a covered carriage pulled by four horses
stock market
a public market where company shares are traded
sundial
a device for telling the time by the position of the Sun
venom
poison produced by certain animals such as snakes and spiders, which is injected into the prey when bitten or stung
warden
person in charge of a place or thing, such as a prison
ward of the state
a person, often a child, who is cared for and has legal decisions made on their behalf by the state
yellow spotted lizard
a fictional lizard with a lethal bite, which lives under rocks and in holes in the desert