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{n: Cumana} a port city in northeastern Venezuela on the Caribbean Sea; founded in 1523, it is the oldest European settlement in South America

{n: Lathyrus, genus Lathyrus} genus of climbing herbs of Old World and temperate North and South America: vetchling; wild pea

{n: Old South} the South of the United States before the American Civil War

{n: Page, Thomas Nelson Page} United States diplomat and writer about the Old South (1853-1922)

{n: Spanish moss, old man's beard, black moss, long moss, Tillandsia usneoides} dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America

{n: milk thistle, lady's thistle, Our Lady's mild thistle, holy thistle, blessed thistle, Silybum marianum} tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America

{v: overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyerbolise, magnify, amplify} to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
"tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
<-> understate

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