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Word of the day for May 1
circumlocutionary adj
  1. Articulated in a roundabout manner.

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Word of the day for May 2
taper v
  1. To diminish in size toward the tip or edge.

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Word of the day for May 3
bring owls to Athens idiom
  1. To undertake a pointless venture, one that is redundant, unnecessary, or highly uneconomical.

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Word of the day for May 4
false friend n
  1. A word in a foreign language bearing a deceptive resemblance to a word in one's own language.

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Word of the day for May 5
magnanimous adj
  1. Noble and generous in spirit.

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Word of the day for May 6
sophistry n
  1. An argument that seems plausible, but is fallacious or misleading, especially one devised deliberately to be so.
  2. The art of using deceptive speech or writing.

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Word of the day for May 7
curmudgeon n
  1. An ill-tempered person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

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Word of the day for May 8
refulgent adj
  1. Resplendent, or shining brightly and radiantly.
  2. (figuratively) As if giving off light or warmth..

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Word of the day for May 9
cant v
  1. To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
  2. To set something at an angle or tilt from the vertical.
  3. (heraldry) To make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.

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Word of the day for May 10
trifecta n
  1. The situation of having three major accomplishments or achievements in a sport, profession, or pastime.

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Word of the day for May 11
kaleidoscopic adj
  1. Brightly coloured and continuously changing in pattern, as if in a kaleidoscope.

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Word of the day for May 12
scrupulously adv
  1. In a careful manner, with scruple; done with careful attention to detail.

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Word of the day for May 13
inflect v
  1. To cause to curve inwards.
  2. (music) To change the tone or pitch of the voice when speaking or singing.
  3. (grammar) To vary the form of a word to express tense, gender, number, mood, etc.

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Word of the day for May 14
dragon n
  1. A gigantic mythical beast, commonly reptilian with leathery wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like tail, often with fiery breath.

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Word of the day for May 15
risible adj
  1. Provoking laughter; ludicrous; funny.
  2. (of a person) Easily laughing; prone to laughter.

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Word of the day for May 16
picaroon v
  1. To behave as a pirate; to seek opportunities to loot.

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Word of the day for May 17
delve v
  1. To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.
  2. To search thoroughly and carefully for information.

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Word of the day for May 18
yin-yang n
  1. A circular symbol consisting of a white and a black droplet representing the fusion of the concepts of yin and yang.

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Word of the day for May 19
sigmoid adj
  1. Curved in two directions, like the letter "S", or the Greek ς (sigma).

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Word of the day for May 20
fulgurous adj
  1. Resembling a lightning flash.

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Word of the day for May 21
procrastinate v
  1. To put off; to delay taking action; to wait until later.

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Word of the day for May 22
tar n
  1. A black, oily, sticky, viscous substance, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons.
  2. (nautical) A sailor, from the tar they would use to waterproof their clothes.

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Word of the day for May 23
Linnaean adj
  1. Of or relating to naturalist Carolus Linnaeus or his works.
  2. Of or pertaining to the system of binomial nomenclature originated by Linnaeus.

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Word of the day for May 24
bucolic adj
  1. Rustic, pastoral.
  2. Pertaining to herdsmen or peasants.

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Word of the day for May 25
soliloquy n
  1. (drama) The act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to the audience.
  2. A literary discourse written as a conversation of the author with himself.

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Word of the day for May 26
annular adj
  1. Ring-shaped.

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Word of the day for May 27
jaywalk v
  1. To illegally cross a street away from a legally designated crossing.

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Word of the day for May 28
xenobiology n
  1. The speculative biology of extraterrestrial life forms.

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Word of the day for May 29
dynamic adj
  1. Changeable; active; in motion.
  2. Energetic, powerful.

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Word of the day for May 30
regale v
  1. To provide a meal and entertainment for.
  2. To please with entertainment..

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Word of the day for May 31
ne'er-do-well n
  1. A person who is up to no good or generally thought of as worthless.

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