What are some unusual or interesting words used in Chapter 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird? What are definitions of unusual or interesting words in that specific chapter? I am preparing a vocabulary...

What are some unusual or interesting words used in Chapter 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

What are definitions of unusual or interesting words in that specific chapter? I am preparing a vocabulary list, but I just need to know some very interesting/unusual words in this chapter. 

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VOCABULARY WORDS OF INTEREST IN CHAPTER 16

Carhouse.  This is where Atticus parks his car, and it's an interesting way of describing what must be part-garage and part-carriage house (the building used for parking one's carriage).

Fey.  Defined as an almost supernatural ability for clairvoyance (predicting the future), this is used to describe the humorous manner in which B. B. Underwood's father named him.

Sideboard.  A type of cupboard, Calpurnia uses it for storing coffee cups and other kitchen necessities (plates, saucers, glasses, etc.).

Mennonites.  Also known as the Amish, they are an ultra-conservative religious sect who believe in simple living, non-violence, non-cursing, long beards and a love of the earth. 

Akimbo.  Miss Maudie stood in this manner--with hands on her hips and elbows pointed outward--while defending her garden from the "foot-washers" who accused her of being vain.

Jitney Jungle.  A supermarket chain that began in Mississippi in 1919, the chain still survives today in the South. A jitney is actually a small type of vehicle, such as a bus or van, used for transporting customers.

Foot-washers.  Ultra-conservative Christians--usually Baptists--who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Mixed chillun.  Mixed-race children, specifically those belonging to Dolphus Raymond.

Champertous connivance.  Judge Taylor used this term--an illegal agreement between an attorney and his client in which the lawyer would also benefit from a monetary settlement--to dismiss the case between the Cunninghams and Coninghams.

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