What does it mean when "The troll pounced"?

That is something I saw on a SAT workbook.

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    What does your dictionary tell you about the English noun troll and the verb to pounce? Please use the edit link to tell us what you do not understand about those definitions. Jun 20, 2017 at 3:20

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a troll

is a mythical being of various size who is usually anti-social and lives in a wood, a cave, or under a bridge and can be very territorial.

to pounce

is to jump on something, usually some sort of prey to capture it, cats are often described as "pouncing"

In your case, it might be something similar to this troll wearing a blue helmet

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    You know, for all the clear explanations I try to give verbally, I have to admit that something about pictures makes them seem like great tools for language learning. Vivid, immediate, and likelier to bring the word in the learner's native language to their mind... Jun 20, 2017 at 3:41
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    @LukeSawczak "A picture is worth a thousand words"... images transcend language.
    – Peter
    Jun 20, 2017 at 3:44
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    It's worth mentioning that while some trolls are smaller than humans, others are considerably larger. Jun 20, 2017 at 4:02
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    @NathanTuggy Quite! In the origin myths, there is nothing cuddly or winsomely mischievous about the troll. None of these graphics speak even remotely to the actual nature of the archetypal troll. What is that last thing? Some kind of cross-cultural manga demon? Jun 20, 2017 at 4:33
  • @P.E.Dant: The one caught underneath is a Homestuck troll. I'm not so sure about the other one. Might be another such troll wearing cat ears and tail. Because of course. Jun 20, 2017 at 4:38

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