alfalfa
a plant with purple flowers, widely cultivated as a pasture crop
barley
a type of grain
bindle
a hobo's bundle or blanket roll
buck
carry and load
bucker
worker whose job is to carry and load
bull-whip
a long whip with a knotted end, used for driving livestock
bum steer
wrong directions
burlap
a rough, coarse fabric
cat house
brothel; house of prostitution
cesspool
sewage pit
coyote
a predatory wild dog, a little smaller than a wolf, that is native to western North America
cultivator
a tool or machine used for loosening soil around plants to help them grow
get the can
to be dismissed from work
graybacks
lice
heron
a water bird with long legs
jungle-up
(slang of the Great Depression) a gathering of hoboes or tramps
liniment
ointment; salve
mules
slip-on shoes with no back
periscope
an instrument used to see objects not in the direct line of vision (ex: a submarine periscope allows sailors to see above the water line)
pugnacious
ready for a fight; combative
ranch
a large farm where livestock is raised
roaches
cockroaches - a flat bodied insect, household pest
scourge
a source of suffering
skinner
a person who drives mules, oxen, or other draft animals
sock
hit
solitaire
a card game for one player
spurs
sharp object attached to a boot used by a rider to urge on a horse
stable buck
man who takes care of a stable
stake
money; savings
Stetson
a kind of hat made by the John B.Stetson Company, with a high crown and wide brim
swamper
person whose job is to clean and perform other menial tasks
tart
a woman who has casual sexual relationships with many men
threshing machine
a farm machine that is used to separate grain from its stalks and husks
ticking
fabric used to cover mattresses or pillows
tramp
a person who walks from place to place, often in search of work or hand-outs; also a woman of questionable virtue
two bits
twenty-five cents
vaseline
petroleum jelly, used as a lubricant, skin-cream, softener and in soap
vial
small glass bottle
whitewash
a mixture of lime and water used to whiten woodwork