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From Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
1. p. 212 "She wondered whether he was stupid. Slow, obdurate, and earthy."
OBDURATE: Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.
ORIGIN: 1400–50; From late Middle English obdurat from Latin obdūrātus.
2. p. 307 "Chorley ate and watched pigeons fossick for crumbs among the iron table and chair legs."
FOSSICK: To hunt; seek; ferret out.