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flecks


tiny pieces

Ben did his best to clean the flecks of dirt off his shoes.

flecks

bolt


run away suddenly

I hope my ex-boyfriend isn’t at the mall today. If I see him there, I’ll bolt.

bolt

goblet


a fancy cup

The servant poured wine into the queen’s golden goblet.

goblet

ancient


from a time long ago

People have lived in Rome since ancient times.

ancient

adjusting


getting used to something

Karen had trouble adjusting to her new school.

adjusting

perilous


extremely dangerous

Sonya loves perilous activities like parachuting and bungee jumping.

perilous

fled


ran away from danger

Albert fled from the angry dog.

fled

legal


allowed by law

In most states, it’s legal to make a right turn at a red light.

legal

barbed wire


wire with sharp points along it, used for fences

The farmer put up a barbed wire fence to keep his horses from wandering away.

barbed wire

reunion


a meeting of people who have been apart

Mary’s cousins came all the way from Atlanta for a family reunion in Michigan.

reunion

well


a deep hole in the ground from which you can get water

Alfonso lowered a bucket into a well to get water for his thirsty dog.

well

erupted


burst out suddenly and violently

Hot lava erupted from the top of the volcano.

erupted

thriving


growing quickly

My mom’s rose bushes have been thriving ever since we started watering them every day.

thriving

population


the total number of people in a particular area

New York City has a population of more than 8 million people.

population

gleefully


joyfully, with great delight

When Elena got an A on her exam, she gleefully told everyone in her family.

gleefully
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