Glossary of Terms: Becoming Minnesotan

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Verb: To shock or stimulate into sudden activity. (galvanizes, galvanizing, galvanized)

General Vang Pao

A former Major General in the Royal Lao Army. He is an ethnic Hmong and a leader of the Hmong American community in the United States


Noun:  1. A period of around thirty years, the average amount of time before a child takes the place of its parents.  2. A group of people who are of approximately the same age.


Adjective:  Thankful; appreciative.


Noun:  The act of pleasing the mind or the appetite; that which affords pleasure; satisfaction; enjoyment; fruition: delight.

Green Card

Noun:  Common name for a United States permanent resident card, which serves as proof of a non-citizen's legal right to live and work in the U.S. permanently.


Adjective: Innovative; new, different; doing something that has never been done before.


Noun: A soldier in a small independent group, fighting against the government or regular forces by surprise raids.


Noun:  1. Language spoken in the state of Gujarat, India  2. A person from Gujarat.

Adjective:  Of, from, or pertaining to Gujarat, or the Gujarati people.


Adjective:  Flowing suddenly or violently.

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