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Word of the day for August 1
roil v
  1. To render turbid by stirring up the dregs or sediment of.
  2. To annoy; to make someone angry.

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Word of the day for August 2
yob n
  1. (pejorative, slang) A person who engages in antisocial behaviour and/or drunkenness.

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Word of the day for August 3
ochre n
  1. An earth pigment containing silica, aluminum and ferric oxide.
  2. A somewhat yellowish orange colour.

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Word of the day for August 4
tangential adj
  1. Referring to a tangent.
  2. Merely touching, positioned as a tangent.
  3. Only indirectly related.

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Word of the day for August 5
mantle n
  1. A piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak.
  2. (zoology) The body wall of a mollusc from which the shell is secreted.
  3. (geology) The layer between the Earth's core and crust.
  4. A fireplace shelf.

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Word of the day for August 6
harridan n
  1. A vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one.

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Word of the day for August 7
almondine adj
  1. Garnished with almond slices.

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Word of the day for August 8
fidget v
  1. To wiggle or twitch; to move around nervously or idly.

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Word of the day for August 9
vomer n
  1. The vomer bone; the small thin bone that forms part of the septum between the nostrils.

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Word of the day for August 10
collage n
  1. A picture made by sticking other pictures onto a surface.
  2. A composite object or collection (abstract or concrete) created by the assemblage of diverse things.

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Word of the day for August 11
jauntily adv
  1. In an airy, showy, or affected manner.
  2. In a dapper or stylish manner.
  3. In an ostentatiously self-confident manner.

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Word of the day for August 12
quethe v
  1. (obsolete except in past tense quoth) To say or declare.

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Word of the day for August 13
xenodochial adj
  1. Friendly to strangers.

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Word of the day for August 14
libration n
  1. The act of oscillating or wobbling.
  2. (astronomy) The apparent wobble or variation in the visible side of the Moon that permanently faces the Earth.

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Word of the day for August 15
pavonine adj
  1. Of or pertaining to the peafowl.
  2. Possessing the coloring or iridescence of a peacock feather.
  3. Resembling the tail of a peacock.

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Word of the day for August 16
gumshoe n
  1. A sneaker or rubber overshoe.
  2. (slang) A detective.

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Word of the day for August 17
enamor v
  1. To inflame with love; to charm; to captivate.

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Word of the day for August 18
ness n
  1. (geography) A promontory; a cape or headland.

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Word of the day for August 19
unblouse v
  1. (military) To untuck (leggings from footwear); to make (pants or trousers) unrestricted or untightened at the ankle.

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Word of the day for August 20
buxom adj
  1. (of a woman) Having a full, voluptuous figure, now especially possessing large breasts.
  2. (archaic) Cheerful, healthy and lively, happy.

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Word of the day for August 21
icily adv
  1. In the manner of ice; with a cold or chilling effect.
  2. (figuratively) In an uncaring manner.

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Word of the day for August 22
zoochory n
  1. (biology) The dispersal of seeds, spores, or fruit by animals.

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Word of the day for August 23
sarong n
  1. A garment made of a length of printed cloth wrapped about the waist that is commonly worn by men and women in southeast Asia and the Pacific islands.

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Word of the day for August 24
deciduous adj
  1. (biology) Describing a part that falls off, or is shed, at a particular time or stage of development.
  2. (botany) Of or pertaining to trees which lose their leaves in winter or the dry season.

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Word of the day for August 25
walrus n
  1. A large Arctic marine mammal related to seals and having long tusks, tough, wrinkled skin, and four flippers.

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Word of the day for August 26
kibitz v
  1. To chat; to gossip; to make small talk or idle chatter.
  2. To give unwanted advice or make unhelpful or idle comments.

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Word of the day for August 27
best v
  1. To beat in a contest; to surpass in skill or achievement.

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Word of the day for August 28
exuberant adj
  1. (of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic or enthusiastic.
  2. (of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.

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Word of the day for August 29
lopsided adj
  1. Not even or balanced; not the same on one side as on the other.

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Word of the day for August 30
nougat n
  1. A confection of honey or sugar and roasted nuts, often with other ingredients.

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Word of the day for August 31
rhabdomyolysis n
  1. (medicine) The rapid disintegration of striated muscle tissue accompanied by the excretion of myoglobin in the urine.

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