Glossary of Terms

page Terms and definitions yoinked from Wikipedia and other related guides, books, and movies.

fire:  a form of combustion; also one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. Fire is considered to be both hot and dry, and according to Plato is associated with the tetrahedron.

garlic: pungent member of the onion family has a long history and was regarded as a sacred herb by the Ancient Egyptians. Bulbs can be split into cloves.

holy water: water that has been blessed by a member of the clergy. Holy water is said to have the ability negate negative forces.

knife (or other sharp instrument):  edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle; a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point

salt:  white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food

seeds:  the ripened ovule of gymnosperm or angiosperm plants.Examples: sesame, caraway, mustard, poppy, coriander, fennel.

stake: verb: to pierce or impale with a sharp object; noun: a piece of pointed wood, in this context, used to pierce the heart of a vampire to kill it. Cedar wood is preferably, but in a pinch any type of wood will do. Should not be any shorter than twice the width of the wielder's hand.

vampire: mythological or folkloric being that subsists on human and/or animal lifeforce. In most cases, a reanimated corpse who feeds by draining and consuming the blood of living beings.Well-known vampires: Dracula, Count Orlock, and those found in the works of Anne Rice and Joss Whedon. In Eastern European folklore, vampires also kill by throttling their victims or by sitting on them to prevent them from breathing.In Slavic folklore, red hair is a sign of vampirism, though pop culture and legend contradict each other in describing other elements of a vampire's appearance: legend says the "ruddy" and plump, while pop culture tends to depict the vampire as pale (susceptibility to burning in the sunlight means limited tanning options).

zombie: a dead person whose body has been re-animated. Generally has limited intelligence, eats the flesh of the living (most notably, brains), lacks a soul and/or full intelligence and/or free will, but not usually under the control of another.

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