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 ENGLISH  VOCABULARY

Thanksgiving


In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is called Thanksgiving Day.
On this day Americans give thanks for the good things they have had in the past year.
Thanksgiving is another name for the Harvest Festival traditionally held in Great Britain to mark
 the end of the local harvest season. This tradition was taken to North America by early settlers who celebrated the first American Thanksgiving in 1621.

Most people celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family or friends for a holiday feast,
usually with turkey as the centerpiece.

Word

Meaning

autumn

Season between summer and winter called the "fall" in the US.

bounty

Abundance

corn

Grain plant, also called 'maize'.

cornucopia

Ornamental animal's horn symbolizing abundance.

cranberry

Small red berry used for making sauce and jelly.

crop

Amount of agricultural plants grown in a season.

feast

A big meal to celebrate something.

harvest

The cutting and gathering of grain and other crops.

Mayflower

Name of ship on which the Pilgrims sailed.

pie

Fruit or meat cooked in pastry.

pilgrim

A person who travels a long distance for religious purposes.

Pilgrims Name given to the English Puritans who went to America in 1620.
pumpkin

Large round orange-coloured fruit.

Puritans Group of English protestants who wanted simpler forms of church ceremony.
Plymouth

Port from which the Mayflower set sail.

settlers

People who go to live in a new developing country.

thanksgiving

Expressing gratitude.

turkey Large bird traditionally eaten at Thanksgiving (and also at Christmas).
 
 
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