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Word of the day for April 1
meh adj
  1. Mediocre; lackluster; unexceptional; uninspiring.
  2. Apathetic; unenthusiastic.

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Word of the day for April 2
haricot n
  1. A stew of lamb and vegetables.
  2. A kidney bean.

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Word of the day for April 3
coalesce v
  1. (of separate parts) To join into a single mass or whole.
  2. (of a whole) To form from different pieces or elements.

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Word of the day for April 4
xylograph n
  1. An engraving in wood, especially one used for printing.
  2. A print taken from an engraving in wood.

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Word of the day for April 5
soigné adj
  1. Fashionable and elegant; well-groomed.

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Word of the day for April 6
noetic adj
  1. Of or pertaining to the mind or intellect.
  2. Originating in or apprehended by reason.

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Word of the day for April 7
integument n
  1. (biology) An outer protective covering such as the feathers or skin of an animal, a rind or shell.
  2. (botany) The outer tissue layer of an ovule, which develops into the seed coat.

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Word of the day for April 8
diminutive adj
  1. Very small.
  2. Serving to diminish.

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Word of the day for April 9
yodel v
  1. To sing in such a way that the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal chest voice and falsetto.

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Word of the day for April 10
tabiya n
  1. (chess) An arrangement of pieces used by two players to start a game because their usual play inevitably leads to it.

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Word of the day for April 11
ogre n
  1. A type of brutish giant from folk tales that eats human flesh.
  2. A brutish man whose behavior resembles that of the mythical ogre.

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Word of the day for April 12
jostle v
  1. To bump into or brush against while in motion.
  2. To move through by pushing and shoving.
  3. To contend or vie in order to acquire something.

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Word of the day for April 13
ecumenical adj
  1. General, universal, worldwide.
  2. (ecclesiastical) Pertaining to the Christian Church in a worldwide sense or of the desire to unite the denominations of the Christian Church.
  3. Interreligious or interdenominational.

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Word of the day for April 14
zetetic adj
  1. Preceded by inquiry.

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Word of the day for April 15
uilleann pipes n
  1. The bagpipes of Ireland, which have a bellows strapped around the wrist and arm to inflate the bag rather than the player blowing to do so.

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Word of the day for April 16
prosaic adj
  1. Pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose.
  2. (of writing or speaking) Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
  3. (figurative) Overly plain or simple, to the point of being boring; humdrum.

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Word of the day for April 17
knell v
  1. To ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
  2. To signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.

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Word of the day for April 18
factotum n
  1. (dated) A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
  2. (dated) A general servant.

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Word of the day for April 19
ankh n
  1. A cross shaped like a T with a loop at the top; the Egyptian hieroglyph representing the word ˁ-n-ḫ (life).

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Word of the day for April 20
viraginous adj
  1. Resembling an overbearing woman; shrew-like.
  2. Resembling an Amazon; of a woman with great bravery, strength, or stature.

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Word of the day for April 21
quarantine v
  1. To put into obligatory isolation or separation, especially as a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

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Word of the day for April 22
lyonnaise adj
  1. Cooked with onions, especially caramelized onions.

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Word of the day for April 23
grotto n
  1. A small cave.
  2. An artificial cavern-like retreat.

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Word of the day for April 24
bromide n
  1. (chemistry) A binary compound of bromine and some other element or radical.
  2. A dull person with conventional thoughts.
  3. A platitude.

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Word of the day for April 25
wonky adj
  1. (mostly British and Australian) Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre.
  2. (computing) Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken.
  3. Generally incorrect.

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Word of the day for April 26
ruction n
  1. A noisy quarrel or fight.

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Word of the day for April 27
miscreant n
  1. One who has behaved badly, or illegally
  2. One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.

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Word of the day for April 28
hornswoggle v
  1. To deceive or trick.

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Word of the day for April 29
crotchety adj
  1. Cranky, disagreeable, or stubborn, especially if prone to odd whims or fancies.

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Word of the day for April 30
scion n
  1. A descendant; a son or daughter.
  2. A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.
  3. The heir to a throne.

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