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Word of the day for March 1
vernacular n
  1. The language of a people, a national language.
  2. Everyday speech, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language.
  3. Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.

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Word of the day for March 2
gourmand n
  1. A person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink; a greedy or ravenous eater.
  2. A person who appreciates good food.

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Word of the day for March 3
augment v
  1. To increase; to make larger or supplement.
  2. (reflexive) To grow, increase, or become greater.
  3. (music) To increase an interval by a half step (chromatic semitone).

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Word of the day for March 4
infallible adj
  1. Without fault or weakness; incapable of error or fallacy.

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Word of the day for March 5
moonraker n
  1. (nautical) A small, light sail located high on a mast and used for speed.

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Word of the day for March 6
contentious adj
  1. Marked by heated arguments or controversy.
  2. Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord.

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Word of the day for March 7
putative adj
  1. Commonly believed or deemed to be the case; accepted by supposition rather than as a result of proof.

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Word of the day for March 8
superadd v
  1. To add on top of a previous addition.

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Word of the day for March 9
filigree n
  1. A delicate and intricate ornamentation made from gold or silver twisted wire.
  2. A design resembling such intricate ornamentation.

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Word of the day for March 10
opportunely adv
  1. In a manner suitable for some particular purpose.
  2. In a manner convenient or advantageous at some particular time.

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Word of the day for March 11
hypernatremic adj
  1. (medicine) Having an abnormally high concentration of sodium (or salt) in blood plasma.

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Word of the day for March 12
ebony n
  1. A hard, heavy, deep black wood from various subtropical and tropical trees, especially of the genus Diospyros.
  2. A tree that yields such wood.
  3. A deep, dark black colour.

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Word of the day for March 13
dissociate v
  1. To make unrelated; to sever a connection; to separate.
  2. To part; to stop associating.
  3. (chemistry) To separate compounds into simpler component parts, usually by applying heat or through electrolysis.

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Word of the day for March 14
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush proverb
  1. It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one.

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Word of the day for March 15
misanthropic adj
  1. Hating or disliking mankind.

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Word of the day for March 16
cynosure n
  1. That which serves to guide or direct.
  2. Something that is the center of attention; an object that serves as a focal point of attraction and admiration.

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Word of the day for March 17
sleiveen n
  1. A dishonest person; a trickster.

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Word of the day for March 18
friable adj
  1. Easily broken into small fragments, crumbled, or reduced to powder.

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Word of the day for March 19
ruthlessly adv
  1. In a ruthless manner; with cruelty; without pity or compassion.

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Word of the day for March 20
question the question v
  1. To ask that a proposed question’s presuppositions be explicitly justified, especially as a preliminary to answering it.

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Word of the day for March 21
armigerous adj
  1. Entitled to bear a coat of arms.

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Word of the day for March 22
jiggery-pokery n
  1. Trickery or misrepresentation; hanky panky or skulduggery.

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Word of the day for March 23
couch potato n
  1. A person who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down, often watching television, eating snacks, and drinking alcohol.

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Word of the day for March 24
nidify v
  1. To make a nest.

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Word of the day for March 25
double act n
  1. A comic pairing in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin and profession, but often with drastically different personalities or behavior.

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Word of the day for March 26
seam allowance n
  1. (sewing) That part of the material or fabric added to the dimensions of a sewing pattern outside the seam.

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Word of the day for March 27
bilious adj
  1. Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder.
  2. Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.
  3. Irritable or bad tempered; irascible.

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Word of the day for March 28
tenacious adj
  1. Clinging to an object or surface; adhesive.
  2. Unwilling to yield from a point of view; dogged.
  3. Holding together; cohesive.

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Word of the day for March 29
one fell swoop n
  1. (idiomatic) One stroke; one action or event with many results.

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Word of the day for March 30
pepo n
  1. A kind of fruit possessing a hard rind and producing many seeds in a single, central, pulpy chamber; a melon, gourd.
  2. A plant producing such a fruit.

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Word of the day for March 31
even Homer nods proverb
  1. Not even the most vigilant and expertly are immune from erring.

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