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Scree, Quag, Lea and 4 more zenwords from World Geography Part II

by zenwords staff

Here are a few more geography Zenwords taken from my upcoming book  Zenwords- Say More with Less. As you travel around the globe you may be fortunate enough to bump into one of these wonders!

PS. Learning new Zenwords is a great way to improve your vocabulary. How many of these Zenwords do you already know?

Karst  (karst) n. An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.

The spelunkers crawled along the karst looking for deeper caves to explore.

Lea (lee) n. A grassland.

The slow moving herd lowed softly as they came across the lea.

Quag (kwag) n. A boggy place, a soft wet area of low lying land that sinks underfoot; a quagmire.

Several deer had fallen into the quag and languished there for days before sinking to their death.

Rime (rime) n. A feathery coating of ice and frost formed when super-cooled air droplets in fog hit an object that is below freezing.

The rime on the grass gave the yard a magical look.

Scree (skree) n. Loose rock debris covering a slope; also, a heap of stones or rocky debris at the base of a cliff.

They paused at the scree level to get their bearings before climbing higher.

Shoal (shohl) n. A shallow area in a body of water; a sandbank or sandbar in the bed of a body of water, constituting a navigation hazard.

Our steamer pulled hard against the heavy current to miss getting hung up on the shoal.

Slough  (slew) n. A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire; a stagnant swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater; a state of deep despair or moral degradation.

The old homestead sat on the edge of a snake-filled slough.

Tor (tawr) n. A high rock or pile of rocks on the top of a hill.

The money and jewels were hidden underneath a tor on top of Mt. Scott.

Veld (veld) n. Open grassland in southern Africa (Afrikaans).

From elephant turds, a dung beetle molds food balls, which it rolls backward across the veld by standing on its head and kicking manically with its heels.

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