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ledge (n)- a narrow shelf that juts out from a vertical surface
shrilly (adv.)- producing a high-pitched and piercing voice or sound
herring (n)- a long silver fish that swims in large groups in the sea
devour (v)- to eat something eagerly and in large amounts, so that nothing is left
cackle (n)- a sharp, broken noise or cry of a hen, goose or seagull
mackerel (n)- a sea fish with a strong taste, often used as food
gnaw (v)- to bite or chew something repeatedly
trot (v)- to run at a moderate pace with short steps
precipice (n)- a very steep side of a cliff or a mountain
whet (v)- to sharpen
preening (v)- cleaning feathers with beak
plaintively (adv.)- sadly, calling in a sad way
swoop (v)- to move very quickly and easily through the air
beckoning (v) - making a gesture with the hand or head to encourage someone to approach or follow.
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