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Word of the day for November 1
auton n
  1. (science fiction) A machine or robot, usually in the form of a living being, designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions.

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Word of the day for November 2
tell it to the marines phrase
  1. (idiomatic) I do not believe what you said.

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Word of the day for November 3
canine adj
  1. Of, or pertaining to, dogs.
  2. Dog-like.

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mara n
  1. (folklore) A nightmare; a spectre or wraith-like creature in Scandinavian folklore, especially one that causes terrifying visions or dreams.
  2. (Buddhism) A malicious or evil spirit.

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Word of the day for November 5
unit n
  1. An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
  2. (sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
  3. (commerce) An item which may be sold singly.

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isomorphic adj
  1. (mathematics) Having a one-to-one correspondence.
  2. (biology) Having a similar structure or function to something that is not related genetically or through evolution.
  3. Having identical relevant structure.

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Word of the day for November 7
Cassandra n
  1. A person who makes dire predictions, especially those which are not believed but turn out to be true.

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Word of the day for November 8
turlough n
  1. (Ireland) A temporary lake in an area of limestone, filled by rising groundwater during the rainy winter season.

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Word of the day for November 9
dematerialize v
  1. (intransitive) to disappear by becoming immaterial.
  2. (transitive) to cause something to disappear by becoming immaterial.

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Word of the day for November 10
xoanon n
  1. (historical) A wooden statue, used as a cult image in Ancient Greece.

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rumpty adj
  1. (New Zealand) Having a quality below standard; in a state of disrepair.

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Word of the day for November 12
peri n
  1. A sprite or supernatural being in Persian mythology.

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adipose adj
  1. Containing, composed of, or consisting of fat.
  2. Slightly overweight, somewhat fat and hence soft.

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Word of the day for November 14
minyan n
  1. The minimum number of ten adult Jews required for a communal religious service.

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Easter egg n
  1. A dyed or decorated egg, traditionally associated with Easter and usually hidden for children to find.
  2. A chocolate confection in the shape of an egg.
  3. (computing) An undocumented function hidden in a program or video game, typically triggered by a particular input sequence or combination of keystrokes.
  4. Any image, feature, or other content that is hidden on a video disc, or in a movie, trailer, or poster.

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Word of the day for November 16
kraal n
  1. In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a stockade.
  2. An enclosure for livestock.

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Word of the day for November 17
rory adj
  1. (obsolete) Covered by dew.
  2. (obsolete) Of gaudy, tasteless, or unsubtle colors.

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Word of the day for November 18
full circle adv
  1. Through a rotation or revolution that ends at the starting point.
  2. (idiomatic) Through a cycle of transition, returning to where one started after gaining experience or exploring other things.

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Word of the day for November 19
omega n
  1. The final letter of the Greek alphabet.
  2. (idiomatic) The end; the final, last or ultimate in a series.

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Word of the day for November 20
spoiler n
  1. One who spoils; a plunderer, pillager, despoiler.
  2. A document, review or comment that discloses the ending or some key surprise or twist in a story.
  3. (automotive) A device to reduce lift and increase downforce.
  4. (US, chiefly politics, sports) An individual, unable to win themselves, who spoils the chances of another's victory.

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Word of the day for November 21
yana n
  1. (Buddhism) Any of the three modes or methods of Buddhist spiritual practice; Mahayana, Hinayana and Vajrayana.

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Word of the day for November 22
zygon n
  1. (anatomy) In the cerebrum, the short crossbar or stem that connects the two pairs of branches of an H-shaped fissure.
  2. (music) An affinity or connection in a piece of music between tones, chords, or phrases, such that one part appears to repeat, to imitate, or to derive from the other, especially when perceived as an organising force in the music.

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Word of the day for November 23
donna n
  1. A lady, especially a noblewoman; the title given to a lady in Italy.

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Word of the day for November 24
scriptorium n
  1. A room set aside for the copying, writing, or illuminating of manuscripts and records, especially such a room in a monastery.

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Word of the day for November 25
rani n
  1. The wife of a rajah.
  2. A Hindu princess or female ruler in India.

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Word of the day for November 26
unearthly adj
  1. Not of the earth; non-terrestrial.
  2. Preternatural or supernatural.
  3. Strange, enigmatic, or mysterious.
  4. Ideal beyond the mundane.
  5. Ridiculous, ludicrous, or outrageous.

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Word of the day for November 27
ace adj
  1. (UK, slang) Excellent.

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Word of the day for November 28
tractator n
  1. (historical) In medieval commerce, the person who handles or transports merchandise on behalf of an investor.
  2. A person who writes tracts.

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Word of the day for November 29
capacious adj
  1. Having a lot of space inside; roomy.

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Word of the day for November 30
exterminate v
  1. To kill all of a population, usually deliberate and especially applied to pests.
  2. (figuratively) To bring a definite end to; to finish completely.

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