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Word of the day for December 1
semi-smile n
  1. A faint smile; a suppressed or forced smile.

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Word of the day for December 2
echt adj
  1. proper, real, genuine, true to type.

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Word of the day for December 3
Lusophone adj
  1. Portuguese-speaking.

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Word of the day for December 4
church key n
  1. A can opener having a triangular tip that pierces the can.

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Word of the day for December 5
hexapod n
  1. Any organism or being with six legs.

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Word of the day for December 6
amiable adj
  1. Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.
  2. Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked.

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Word of the day for December 7
tip one's hand v
  1. (idiomatic) To inadvertently reveal any secret, particularly a secret that puts one at an advantage or disadvantage.

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Word of the day for December 8
rescind v
  1. (transitive) To repeal, annul, or declare void; to take (something such as a rule or contract) out of effect.

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Word of the day for December 9
twist in the wind v
  1. To be unassisted and without comfort in a situation likely to result in distress or failure.
  2. To wait for an uncomfortably long period of time.

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Word of the day for December 10
gluck v
  1. To flow or cause to flow in a noisy series of spurts, as when liquid is emptied through the narrow neck of a bottle.

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Word of the day for December 11
matronly adj
  1. In the capacity or manner of a matron.
  2. Exuding authority, wisdom, power, and intelligence of an experienced woman.
  3. Having the appearance of a mature woman, often of larger physical stature and somewhat unkempt or dowdy.

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Word of the day for December 12
devil's advocate n
  1. One who debates from a view which he may not actually hold, usually to determine its validity or simply for the sake of argument.
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) A canon lawyer appointed by the Church to argue against the canonization of the proposed candidate.

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Word of the day for December 13
quonk n
  1. Unwanted noise picked up by a microphone in a broadcasting studio.
  2. Audience chatter which disturbs the performer.

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Word of the day for December 14
pine v
  1. (intransitive) To long, to yearn so much that it causes suffering.

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Word of the day for December 15
nee adj
  1. Used when giving the maiden name of a woman.
  2. Used when giving a former name. Originally known as.

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Word of the day for December 16
cut off one's nose to spite one's face v
  1. (idiomatic) To harm oneself as a result of attempting to harm an adversary.

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Word of the day for December 17
manger n
  1. A trough for animals to eat from.

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Word of the day for December 18
impeccably adv
  1. In an perfect or flawless manner.

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Word of the day for December 19
furbelow n
  1. A ruffle, frill or flounce on clothing; a decorative piece of fabric, usually gathered or pleated.
  2. A small, showy ornamentation.

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Word of the day for December 20
pesher n
  1. An interpretive commentary on scripture, especially one in Hebrew.

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Word of the day for December 21
interjacent adj
  1. Situated between; lying among.

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Word of the day for December 22
Christmas is coming phrase
  1. Used as a reminder or warning regarding an impending deadline.

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Word of the day for December 23
figurehead n
  1. (nautical) A carved figure on the prow of a sailing ship.
  2. (by extension) Someone in a nominal position of leadership who has no actual power; a front or front man.

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Word of the day for December 24
dovecote n
  1. A small house or box, raised to a considerable height above the ground, and having compartments, in which domestic pigeons breed; a dove house.
  2. In medieval Europe, a round or square structure of stone or wood, free-standing or built into a tower, in which pigeons were kept.

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Word of the day for December 25
synod n
  1. An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters.

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Word of the day for December 26
oratory n
  1. The art of public speaking, especially in a formal, expressive, or forceful manner.
  2. Eloquence; the quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or writing.

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Word of the day for December 27
far point n
  1. The most distant point at which the eye can focus (usually infinity, but nearer for a myopic eye).

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Word of the day for December 28
spelunk v
  1. To explore caves.

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Word of the day for December 29
bespectacled adj
  1. Wearing spectacles (glasses).

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Word of the day for December 30
koomkie n
  1. A tame female elephant used as a decoy in the capture of wild male elephants.

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Word of the day for December 31
kookaburra n
  1. Any of several species of kingfishers in the genus Dacelo, known for their laugh-like call.

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