Chapter 1
Vocabulary Words

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cautious 13 marked by or given to caution or carefulness
cracklings 17 the crisp remainder left after the fat has been separated from the meat or skin
hickory 7 the usually tough pale wood of a hickory tree
hinge 6 a jointed piece on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns
johnny-cake 17 a bread made with cornmeal, flour, eggs, and milk
mink 2 a mammal related to a weasel, that has a slender body, partly webbed feet, and a somewhat bushy tail, and live near water
muskrat 2 a rodent that lives in or near the water, has a long scaly tail and webbed hind feet, and glossy usually dark brown fur
otter 2 a water-dwelling mammal that is related to weasels and minks, has webbed feet with claws and dark brown fur
pantry 13 a small room in which food and dishes are kept
pot-liquor 18 the liquid left in a pot after cooking something
smolder 9 to burn slowly with smoke and usually without flame


the flesh of a deer used as food
wagon track


a path worn on the ground by frequent use of wagons

Definitions utilized from Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's Word Central Dictionary based on use in Little House in the Big Woods.

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