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Word of the day for November 1
calced adj
  1. Wearing shoes; used especially of religious orders.

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Word of the day for November 2
salmagundi n
  1. A food consisting of chopped meat and pickled herring, with oil, vinegar, pepper, and onions.
  2. Any mixture of various ingredients; an olio or medley; a potpourri; a miscellany.

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Word of the day for November 3
pullulate v
  1. To rapidly multiply.
  2. To germinate.
  3. To teem with; to be filled with.

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Word of the day for November 4
uvula n
  1. The fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate at the opening to the throat.

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Word of the day for November 5
bezel n
  1. The sloping edge or face on a cutting tool.
  2. The oblique side or face of a cut gem.
  3. The rim and flange which encompasses and fastens a jewel or similar object in the cavity into which it is set.

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Word of the day for November 6
jejune adj
  1. Not nutritious
  2. Lacking matter; empty; void of substance.
  3. Naive; simplistic.

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Word of the day for November 7
nychthemeron n
  1. A period of one day and one night; a date.

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Word of the day for November 8
wheedle v
  1. To cajole or attempt to persuade by flattery.
  2. To obtain something by guile or trickery.

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Word of the day for November 9
spadassinicide n
  1. The act of coaxing someone, usually through insult, into initiating a swordsman’s duel, and subsequently killing them with superior skill.
  2. One who performs such an act.

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Word of the day for November 10
olfactory adj
  1. Concerning the sense of smell.

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Word of the day for November 11
logodaedaly n
  1. (rare) Skill or cleverness in the coining of new words.

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Word of the day for November 12
umlaut n
  1. (linguistics) A process whereby a vowel is pronounced more like a vowel or semivowel in a following syllable.
  2. (orthography): The diacritical mark ( ¨ ) placed over a vowel to indicate such assimilation.

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Word of the day for November 13
craquelure n
  1. (art) The distinctive pattern of hairline cracks in the surface of an old painting.

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Word of the day for November 14
vis-à-vis prep
  1. In relation to or compared with.

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Word of the day for November 15
pundit n
  1. A scholar, teacher, or learned person, especially a Hindu scholar.
  2. A professed expert in a particular field, as called upon to provide comment or opinion in the media.

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Word of the day for November 16
instill v
  1. To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature.
  2. To pour in, drop by drop.

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Word of the day for November 17
noria n
  1. A water wheel with attached buckets, used to raise and deposit water.
  2. Any machine using buckets to raise water to an aqueduct.

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Word of the day for November 18
edentulous adj
  1. Toothless.

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Word of the day for November 19
imprimatur n
  1. An official license to publish or print something, especially when censorship applies.
  2. (by extension) Any mark of official approval.

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Word of the day for November 20
blasted adj
  1. Describing something that has been subjected to explosion.
  2. (slang) Accursed; damned.
  3. (heraldry) Of a tree whose branches bear no leaves; leafless.

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Word of the day for November 21
heteronym n
  1. (linguistics) A word having the same spelling as another, but a different pronunciation and meaning.
  2. (literature) A fictitious character created by an author for the purpose of writing in a different style.

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Word of the day for November 22
a capella adv
  1. (music) Without instrumental accompaniment, using vocal performance only.

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Word of the day for November 23
shadda n
  1. A diacritic used in the Arabic script to indicate gemination of a consonant.

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Word of the day for November 24
dogsbody n
  1. A person who does menial work, a servant.

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Word of the day for November 25
terpsichorean adj
  1. Of or relating to dancing.

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Word of the day for November 26
nix v
  1. To make something become nothing; to reject or cancel.
  2. To destroy or eradicate.

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Word of the day for November 27
cognoscente n
  1. Someone possessing superior or specialized knowledge in a particular field.

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Word of the day for November 28
zenith n
  1. (astronomy) The point in the sky vertically above a given position or observer.
  2. (astronomy) The highest point in the sky reached by a celestial body.
  3. Highest point or state; peak.

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Word of the day for November 29
banjaxed adj
  1. (UK, slang) Broken, ruined, shattered.
  2. (UK, slang) Tired, sleepy.

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Word of the day for November 30
ineluctable adj
  1. Impossible to avoid or escape; inescapable, irresistible.

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