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::: punctilious - minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail
::: ravel - fall apart into tangles; entangle; unravel or untwist
::: welter - wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
::: legacy - gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
::: belated - delayed
::: smelt - melt (ore) for separating and removing the metal; melt or blend ores changing their chemical composition
::: equinox - period of equal days and nights; the beginning of spring and autumn; Ex. vernal/autumnal equinox; ADJ. equinoctial
::: shackle - chain; fetter; confine with shackles; N.
::: deterrent - something that discourages or deters
::: rarefied - made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense; N. rarefaction