Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time there lived a king in central India. He was handsome but very vain. He looked at himself constantly, in mirrors, in pools of water, even in other people’s eyes when they spoke to him ‘I am the most handsome king on the Earth,’ he said to his courtiers. He spent more time having his hair combed in different styles and his body oiled than in ruling his kingdom. As a result, his people grew poorer and sadder. But the king did not care. ‘Why!” he boasted one day in court, ‘I am probably more handsome than all the Gods.’ Unfortunately for the kings a bad-tempered God happened to be flying by, and was very angry when he heard this. ‘Something will have to be done about this king.’ He searched in his mind for a suitable punishment. At that moment he saw a bull. ‘Horns!’ The God clapped his hands in happiness. ‘I will see how his Handsomeness likes himself with horns.’ When the king awoke the next morning he followed his normal routine. First he drew his mirror out from under his pillow and gazed into it. Suddenly the guards outside the king’s room heard a loud shriek.They came rushing in to find the king sitting straight in bed with a large pillow on his head. ‘Out out, he waved a trembling finger at them. As backed away, he shouted after them, ‘Send for the royal barber immediately.’ The royal barber was a talkative little man. He came in immediately. ‘You’re up early today, your Majesty, but why the pil ........’ The king broke in, ‘stop your talk and come close to my bed.’ As the surprised barber drew close, the king said in his most commanding voice, ‘Barber, I am about to show you something. But if you talk about it to anyone, I’ll have you beaten and hanged.’ The king slowly removed the pillow from his head. ‘Oh!’ The barber clapped his hands to his mouth in horror. ‘Well, don’t just stand there,’ said the king impatiently. ‘Do something to cover them up. The barber pulled the king’s hair this way and that, and managed to cover the horns partially. The king put on his turban to hide the rest. ‘Now go and tell the court I am unwell. I will not see anyone.’ He sat up and looked angrily at the barber. ‘And remember my warning.’ The barber ran out of the room. As soon as the door of the bed room closed, he started laughing. The people in the palace stopped him and asked him why he was so happy but he only shook his head helplessly and ran laughing through the halls. ‘I’ll die if I don’t tell someone,’ he said. My stomach is bursting with the secret. He saw the Tamarind tree standing in the middle of the royal courtyard. He went up to it and whispered the secret to the trunk of the tree.
Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.