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serendipity - gift for finding valuable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck; CF. The Three Princes of Serendip
waggish - humorous; mischievous; tricky
exacerbate - worsen; aggravate; embitter
sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
brood - sit on in order to hatch; think deeply or worry anxiously; N: the young of certain animals; group of young birds hatched at one time
abstinence - restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act of abstaining from vote
gild - cover with a thin layer of gold
stipulate - state as a necessary condition (of an agreement); make express conditions; specify; Ex. He stipulated payment in advance
leaven - add leaven to; cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven; N: agent, such as yeast, that causes dough to rise (by fermentation); element that lightens or enlivens
frond - fern leaf; palm or banana leaf