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Word of the day for February 1
ecdysiast n
  1. An erotic dancer who removes their clothes as a form of entertainment; a stripper.

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Word of the day for February 2
polysemous adj
  1. (linguistics) Having multiple meanings or interpretations.

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Word of the day for February 3
fanatic n
  1. A person who is zealously enthusiastic for some cause, especially in religion.

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Word of the day for February 4
frog in one's throat n
  1. (idiomatic) Hoarseness or the need to cough.

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Word of the day for February 5
dyspeptic adj
  1. Of, relating to, or having dyspepsia or indigestion.
  2. Irritable or morose.

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Word of the day for February 6
rankle v
  1. To cause irritation or deep bitterness.
  2. To fester.

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Word of the day for February 7
ineffable adj
  1. Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.
  2. Forbidden to be uttered; taboo.

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Word of the day for February 8
xeriscape n
  1. A kind of landscape design for arid regions, minimising the need for irrigation.

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Word of the day for February 9
affectation n
  1. An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.
  2. An unusual mannerism.

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Word of the day for February 10
sternutatory adj
  1. That causes or induces sneezing.

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Word of the day for February 11
kerfuffle n
  1. A disorderly outburst, disturbance or tumult.

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Word of the day for February 12
typecast v
  1. To cast an actor in the same kind of role repeatedly.
  2. To identify someone as being of a specific type because of their appearance, colour, religion etc.
  3. (computing) Changing a variable or object from one type to another.

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Word of the day for February 13
concupiscent adj
  1. Amorous, lustful; feeling sexy.

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Word of the day for February 14
osculation n
  1. The action of kissing.
  2. A kiss.

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Word of the day for February 15
erinaceous adj
  1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog.

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Word of the day for February 16
panache n
  1. An ornamental plume on a helmet.
  2. (hence) Flamboyant, energetic style or action; dash; verve.

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Word of the day for February 17
castigate v
  1. To punish severely; to criticize severely; to reprimand severely.
  2. To revise or make corrections to a publication.

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Word of the day for February 18
rhabdomancy n
  1. Divination with a wand or rod; dowsing.

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Word of the day for February 19
ludicrous adj
  1. Idiotic or unthinkable, often to the point of being funny.

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Word of the day for February 20
bailiwick n
  1. The precincts within which a bailiff has jurisdiction, taken as a whole; the limits of a bailiff's authority.
  2. (by extension) An area or subject of authority or involvement; a realm.

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Word of the day for February 21
overshadow v
  1. To obscure something by casting a shadow.
  2. (figuratively) To dominate something and make it seem insignificant.

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Word of the day for February 22
smarmy adj
  1. Falsely earnest, smug, or ingratiating.

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Word of the day for February 23
didgeridoo n
  1. A musical instrument endemic to Australia, consisting of a long hollowed out log, which produces a low, deep drone when blown into.

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Word of the day for February 24
burgeon v
  1. To grow or expand.
  2. To swell to the point of bursting.
  3. (archaic) To bloom, bud.

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Word of the day for February 25
plenipotentiary n
  1. A person invested with full power, especially as the agent or ambassador of a sovereign.

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Word of the day for February 26
gelid adj
  1. Very cold; icy or frosty.

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Word of the day for February 27
muse v
  1. To become lost in thought, to ponder.
  2. To say (something) with due consideration or thought.

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Word of the day for February 28
irony n
  1. A statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean the opposite of what is written literally.
  2. The quality or state of an event being both coincidental and contradictory in a humorous or poignant and extremely improbable way.

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Word of the day for February 29
aforethought adj
  1. Premeditated; planned ahead of time.

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