clammy


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clammy

[′klam·ē]
(biology)
Moist and sticky, as the skin or a stem.
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Then they took the neat little cradle and swam away with it; but Thumbelina sat alone on the great green leaf and wept, for she did not want to live with the clammy toad, or marry her ugly son.
At such times I could see his villanous face plainly, and, when the sulphur from the matches irritated his lungs, between the raspy cough that followed and the clammy mud in which I was lying, I confess I shivered harder than ever.
I could not have slept over a quarter of an hour when I was suddenly awakened by the passing of some cold and clammy thing across my forehead.
He shivered as might one upon whose brow death has already laid his clammy finger.
Every moment the soft, damp heat grew more intense and clammy. Every time he touched his forehead he found it dripping.
Ferrari mastered her own throbbing heart; stepped over the threshold, conscious of her clammy hands, dry lips, and burning head; and stood in the presence of Lord Montbarry's widow, to all outward appearance as supremely self-possessed as her ladyship herself.
The penetrating damp slowly strengthens its clammy hold on me.
Sarah had managed to pry apart the shells with her unhandy weapon far enough to nibble a wee bit at the cold and clammy world within.
He had seen him pass along the crowded street, amidst the execration of the throng; and marked his quivering lip, and trembling limbs; the ashy hue upon his face, his clammy brow, the wild distraction of his eye--the fear of death that swallowed up all other thoughts, and gnawed without cessation at his heart and brain.
Quickly he felt for bottom with his feet and as quickly stood erect, snatching the bloody, clammy cloth from his face.
I had lived in a clammy atmosphere of reverence, respect, deference, so long that they sent a quivery little cold wave through me:
We curled up in the clammy beds, and went to sleep without rocking.