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Bassani, G. – Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini (1962)


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viottola
narrow road
abbagliante
dazzling, blinding; amazing
fragore
racket, din; commotion, uproar
risacca
undertow
mulinello
whirlwind; whirlpool; fishing reel
schietto
open, straightforward (behaviour); sincere
bivio
crossroads; turning point (fig.)
scirocco
sirocco (Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara)
salmastro
salty; salty taste
nuca
nape (of neck)
interpellare
to ask, question
ingranare
to engage (tech.); get off to a good start; settle in; get to grips with
spiazzo
open space
antistante
in front, opposite
torpedone
coach (bus)
tufo
tuff (volcanic rock)
fune
rope
accetta
hatchet
volatile (n.)
bird, fowl
camposanto
cemetery
serale
evening (adj.)
testé
just now, a moment ago
lastricato
paved
solco
rut, groove; furrow (agr.); scar (fig.)
rozzo
rough, coarse; loutish, uncouth
giaciglio
bed; bedding (for animals)
aleggiare
to hover, linger
tumulo
mound; tomb, grave
ingolfarsi
to embroil oneself, entangle oneself
cippo
memorial stone; boundary stone
fittamente
thickly, densely
secondogenito
second-born
bottegaio
shopkeeper
onta
disgrace, dishonour
superstite
surviving; survivor
fusto
trunk (of tree); barrel; hunk (attractive man) (coll.)
tiglio
lime tree
olmo
elm tree
faggio
beech tree
platano
plane tree, sycamore
abbattere
to cut down, tear down; overthrow, depose; kill
andito
hallway, passage
insofferente
intolerant; hostile; impatient
sfratto
eviction
sbaraglio
rout, comprehensive defeat
fosso
moat, trench; ditch, hole
maniglia
handle, grip
aguzzo
sharp, pointed
dimora
abode, dwelling
radura
clearing, glade
bigio
grey, ashen
bislacco
odd, weird
baiocco
denomination of Roman scudo (currency of the Papal States)
martora
pine marten (animal)
stravedere
to dote on
chiomato
plumed; long-haired
dissestato
disarranged; uneven, bumpy; bankrupt; shaky (economy)
ficcarsi
to burrow, hide; interfere
fisima
fixation
dote
talent, gift; dowry; endowment
fulgido
bright, shining
scollatura
neckline
digiuno
fast, fasting (without food); lacking in; ignorant of
infornata
batch, crop
inciampo
obstacle, hindrance; hitch, snag (coll.)
flebile
feeble, faint
devolvere
to donate; allocate; devolve, transfer
collotorto
religionist, pietist (not baciapile)
baciapile
religionist, pietist (not collotorto)
adibire
to assign, designate
sgombero
evacuation; clearing out
aggrottare
to furrow, wrinkle (brow)
sprezzante
scornful, disdainful
vituperoso
vituperative (harshly critical)
accomiatarsi
to take one's leave, say goodbye
manubrio
handlebars
vieppiù
more and more (archaic)
sommesso
whispered, murmured; subdued, weak
essere di prammatica
to be customary
disfattismo
defeatism
strabuzzare
to open wide
bisbigliare
to whisper, murmur
seminario
seminary (religious school)
arguto
sharp, witty, clever
divagazione
parenthesis
mannello
sheaf (bundle of grain stalks)
transmandare
to hand down, bequeath; transmit
sabaudo
of (the House of) Savoy
postilla
annotation, footnote
favilla
glimmer
maglio
mallet
carteggio
correspondence
a piè
at the bottom
androne
entrance hall
assiepare
to crowd, throng
ammiccante
winking; alluring
postierla
postern
stanga
pole, shaft, stake
ozio
idleness, lethargy
cocchiere
coachman