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Word of the day for May 1
tumpline n
  1. A strap used to carry objects tied to its ends by placing the broadened or cushioned middle of the strap over the head just behind the forehead.

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Word of the day for May 2
Penrose stairs n
  1. An impossible loop of endlessly ascending and descending stairs, or an optical illusion appearing to depict such a loop.

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Word of the day for May 3
treeness n
  1. The essence of what it means to be a tree; the qualities that make a tree what it is.
  2. (genetics) The suitability of an evolutionary tree for representing the structure of a population; the degree to which a population structure can be accurately described as a tree of descent, with different branches evolving independently after they split.
  3. (graph theory) The condition of being a tree; acyclicity and connectedness.

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Word of the day for May 4
effrontery n
  1. (uncountable) Insolent and shameless audacity.
  2. (countable) An act of insolent and shameless audacity.

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Word of the day for May 5
Stakhanovite n
  1. An extremely productive or hard-working worker, especially in the former USSR, who may earn special rewards; a workaholic.

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Word of the day for May 6
softly softly adv
  1. (UK, idiomatic) In a very tactful, careful, or nondisruptive manner.

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Word of the day for May 7
sequela n
  1. (pathology) A disease or condition which is caused by an earlier disease or problem.

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Word of the day for May 8
adversity n
  1. (uncountable) The state of adverse conditions; state of misfortune or calamity.
  2. (countable) An event that is adverse; calamity.

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Word of the day for May 9
green gown n
  1. (now archaic, historical) A dress that has been stained green from rolling in the grass; generally with allusion to sexual activity, especially a woman's loss of virginity.

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Word of the day for May 10
cymotrichous adj
  1. (anthropology) Having wavy hair.

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Word of the day for May 11
atheophobia n
  1. Fear or hatred of atheism or atheists.

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Word of the day for May 12
deskfast n
  1. Breakfast eaten at work, particularly while sitting at a desk.

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Word of the day for May 13
mama bear n
  1. (slang) A woman, especially a mother, who is extremely protective of a child or children.

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Word of the day for May 14
sumptuous adj
  1. Magnificent, luxurious, splendid.

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Word of the day for May 15
plangent adj
  1. Having a loud, mournful sound.

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Word of the day for May 16
hue and cry n
  1. (historical) The public pursuit of a felon; accompanied by shouts to warn others to give chase.
  2. (by extension) A loud and persistent public clamour; especially one of protest or making some demand.

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Word of the day for May 17
morpheme n
  1. (linguistics) The smallest linguistic unit within a word that can carry a meaning, such as "un-", "break", and "-able" in the word "unbreakable".

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Word of the day for May 18
upend v
  1. (transitive) To end up; to set on end.
  2. To tip or turn over.
  3. To destroy, invalidate, overthrow, or defeat.

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Word of the day for May 19
front runner n
  1. (idiomatic) One of the most likely winners in a contest, election, etc.

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Word of the day for May 20
much of a muchness phrase
  1. (idiomatic) Of two or more things, having little difference of any significance between them.

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Word of the day for May 21
cloudburst n
  1. A sudden heavy rainstorm.

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Word of the day for May 22
sangfroid n
  1. Composure, self-possession or imperturbability especially when in a dangerous situation.

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Word of the day for May 23
thagomizer n
  1. (anatomy) An arrangement of spikes found on the tails of various stegosaurs.

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Word of the day for May 24
shylock v
  1. (intransitive, US) To lend money at exorbitant rates of interest.

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Word of the day for May 25
masterly inactivity n
  1. (politics) A policy of deliberate inactivity.

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Word of the day for May 26
eyrie n
  1. A bird of prey's nest.
  2. Any high and remote but commanding place.

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Word of the day for May 27
antaphrodisiac adj
  1. Capable of reducing the sex drive.

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Word of the day for May 28
crown molding n
  1. (finish carpentry, interior decorating) A molding at the edge of a room between ceiling and wall.

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Word of the day for May 29
apothegm n
  1. A short, witty, instructive saying; an aphorism or maxim.

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Word of the day for May 30
have Van Gogh's ear for music v
  1. (humorous) To be tone-deaf.

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Word of the day for May 31
omnishambles n
  1. (UK, chiefly politics) A situation that is bad or mismanaged in every way.

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