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Word of the day for December 1
melange n
  1. A collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things.
  2. A Viennese coffee speciality, half steamed milk and half coffee.

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Word of the day for December 2
diurnal adj
  1. Happening or occurring during daylight, or primarily active during that time.
  2. (botany) Said of a flower open, or releasing its perfume, during daylight hours but not at night.
  3. Having a daily cycle that is completed every 24 hours.

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Word of the day for December 3
parkour n
  1. An athletic discipline, in which practitioners traverse any environment in the most efficient way possible using their physical abilities.

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Word of the day for December 4
vault v
  1. To jump or leap over (something).

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Word of the day for December 5
nidorous adj
  1. Emitting the odor or taste of roasted meat, especially rotten meat.

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Word of the day for December 6
hypotrochoid n
  1. A geometric curve traced by a fixed point on the radius line outside one circle which rotates inside the perimeter of another circle.

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Word of the day for December 7
abattoir n
  1. A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc.

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Word of the day for December 8
pandiculate v
  1. To stretch oneself.

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Word of the day for December 9
Torschlusspanik n
  1. The fear that time is running out to act, specifically in regards to a border closing.

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Word of the day for December 10
froward adj
  1. Disobedient, unmanageable, with an evil disposition.

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Word of the day for December 11
vainglorious adj
  1. With excessive vanity or unwarranted pride.

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Word of the day for December 12
dwindle v
  1. To gradually decrease, shrink, or become less.

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Word of the day for December 13
widdershins adv
  1. Anticlockwise, counter-clockwise.
  2. (obsolete) The wrong way.

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Word of the day for December 14
coda n
  1. (music) A passage which brings a movement or piece to a conclusion through prolongation.
  2. (linguistics) The optional final part of a syllable, placed after its nucleus, and usually composed of one or more consonants.
  3. The conclusion of a statement.

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Word of the day for December 15
lucubrate v
  1. To work diligently by artificial light, to study at night.
  2. To work or write like a scholar.

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Word of the day for December 16
rasorial adj
  1. (ornithology) Pertaining to the order Rasores.
  2. Scratching the ground for food, as domestic foul or other gallinaceous birds.

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Word of the day for December 17
blivit n
  1. (US slang) Something useless or impossible.
  2. (US slang) A gadget.

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Word of the day for December 18
indolent adj
  1. Habitually lazy, procrastinating, or resistant to physical work.
  2. Inducing or pertaining to laziness.

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Word of the day for December 19
tergiversate v
  1. To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate.
  2. To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.

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Word of the day for December 20
Freudian slip n
  1. A mistake in speech or action in which a person shows his or her true subconscious desires.

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Word of the day for December 21
cerulean adj
  1. Of a deep blue colour, like the sky on a fine day.

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Word of the day for December 22
madarotic adj
  1. Of or pertaining to the loss of eyebrows or eyelashes.

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Word of the day for December 23
tió de Nadal n
  1. A mythical Christmas character made by decorating a short log. It is "fed" each day from December 8th until Christmas, at which time it is sung to and beaten with sticks until it "poops" out gifts.

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Word of the day for December 24
listen v
  1. To pay attention to a sound, to note.
  2. To wait for a sound, such as a signal.
  3. To accept or obey oral instruction.

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Word of the day for December 25
parol n
  1. An ornamental star-like Christmas lantern from the Philippines.

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Word of the day for December 29
luxate v
  1. To dislocate.

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Word of the day for December 30
divan n
  1. A couch-like piece of furniture made of a mattress laying against the wall.

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Word of the day for December 31
sithence conj
  1. (obsolete) From or since the time that.
  2. (archaic) Seeing that, since.

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