Book 6 Test 1 Section 3
Climate change and the Inuit
Abandoned (adjective) Synonym: Copious
Left and no longer wanted, used or needed
- An abandoned car/house
- The child was found abandoned but unharmed.
- There was an abandoned supermarket trolley in the middle of the road.
Capricious (noun) Synonym: Volatile
Showing sudden changes in attitude or behaviour
- a movie star who was capricious and difficult to please
- a capricious climate
- They had to contend with capricious economic forces.
Community (noun) Synonym: Social Unit
All the people who live in a particular area, country, etc
- local community
- the international community
- community parks/libraries
Descendant (noun) Synonym: offspring
A person’s descendants are their children, their children’s children, and all the people who live after them who are related to them
- He was an O'Conor and a direct descendant of the last High King of Ireland.
- Many of them are descendants of the original settlers.
Harsh (adjective) Synonym: Cruel, Severe
Cruel, severe and unkind
- The punishment was harsh and unfair.
- The minister received some harsh criticism.
Indigenous (adjective) Synonym: Native
Belonging to a particular place rather than coming to it from somewhere else
- The indigenous peoples/languages of the area
- The kangaroo is indigenous to Australia.
Meager (adjective) Synonym: Paltry
Small in quantity and poor in quality
- A meager diet of bread and water
- She supplements her meager income by cleaning at night.
Obesity (noun) Synonym: Fat
The quality or fact of being very fat, in a way that is not healthy
- Obesity can increase the risk of heart disease.
Permafrost (noun) Synonym: Iceberg
A layer of soil that is permanently frozen, in very cold regions of the world
- It is nearly impossible to stay at permafrost for long time.
Pottery (noun) Synonym: Crockery
Pots, dishes, etc. made with clay that is baked in an oven, especially when they are made by hand.
- Roman pottery a piece of pottery fragments of Iron Age.
Precarious (adjective) Synonym: Dangerous
Not safe or certain; dangerous
- He earned a precarious living as an artist.
- The museum is in a financially precarious position.
- The world is a precarious and unstable place.
Likely to fall or cause somebody to fall
- That ladder looks very precarious.
- The path down to the beach is very precarious in wet weather.
Thaws (verb) Synonym: Melt
Thaw (out) (of ice and snow) to turn back into water after being frozen
- The country was slowly thawing out after the long cold winter.
Tremendous (adjective) Synonym: Huge, Remarkable
- A tremendous explosion
- A tremendous amount of work has gone into the project.