Macerate

Verb. To soften (something) or separate it into pieces by soaking it in a heated or unheated liquid.

Arroyo

Noun. A dry creek or streambed, a gulch which temporarily or seasonally fills and flows (after sufficient rain).

Avuncular

Adjective. Kind, genial, benevolent, or tolerant.

Atavistic

Adjective. Relating to earlier, more primitive behavior that returns after an absence.

Chunter

Verb. To speak in a soft, indistinct manner, mutter.

Laity

Noun. People of a church who are not ordained clergy or clerics.

Curlicue

Noun. A fancy twisting or curling shape usually made from a series of concentric circles.

Enclave

Noun. A political, cultural or social entity or part thereof that is completely surrounded by another.

Refract

Verb. To change direction as a result of entering a different medium.

Glossolalia

Noun. Speaking a language one does not know, or speaking elaborate but apparently meaningless speech, while in a trance-like state (or, supposedly, under the influence of a deity or spirits); speaking in tongues.

Clack

Noun. An abrupt, sharp sound, especially one made by two hard objects colliding repetitively; a sound midway between a click and a clunk.

Hector

Verb. To dominate or intimidate in a blustering way; to bully, to domineer.

Ebullient

Adjective. Enthusiastic; high-spirited.

Pinnace

Noun. (nautical) A light boat, traditionally propelled by sails, but sometimes a rowboat. Pinnaces are usually messenger boats, carrying messages among the larger ships of a fleet.

Sere

Adjective. (archaic or literary, poetic) Without moisture; dry.