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Word of the day for July 1
snickersnee n
  1. A large knife or sword
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2

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Word of the day for July 2
braai v
  1. (South Africa) To grill meat over an open flame; to barbecue
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ooh interj
  1. An expression of surprise.
  2. An expression of awe.
  3. A sound used to imitate a ghost.
  4. An expression of affection
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gurgitator n
  1. A competitive eater
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Word of the day for July 5
Pyrrhic victory n
  1. A very costly victory, wherein the considerable losses outweigh the gain, so as to render the battle unfavourable
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elliptical adj
  1. In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.
  2. Of, or showing ellipsis; having a word or words omitted
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hightail v
  1. To retreat quickly; to flee
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the other way round adv
  1. The same but with the mentioned things or people in reverse order or position.
  2. In reversed orientation
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Word of the day for July 9
paedomorphic adj
  1. Of, relating to, or resulting from the retention of juvenile characteristics by an adult
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whirligig n
  1. Anything that whirls or spins around, such as a toy top.
  2. A whirligig beetle
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mendicant n
  1. A beggar.
  2. A religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for a living
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cenotaph n
  1. A monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere
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laissez faire adj
  1. Practicing or representing governmental noninterference, or minimal interference, especially in economic affairs
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dishearten v
  1. To discourage someone by removing their enthusiasm or courage
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grotesque adj
  1. Bizarre or fantastic in appearance.
  2. Disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling
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necrophagous n
  1. That eats of dead or decaying animal flesh
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retroactive adj
  1. Extending in scope, effect, application or influence to a prior time or to prior conditions
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anhedonia n
  1. (medicine, psychiatry) The inability to feel pleasure
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schmooze v
  1. To talk casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection
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meniscus n
  1. The curved surface of liquids in tubes, whether concave or convex, caused by the surface tension of the liquid.
  2. A crescent or a body shaped like a crescent
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equable adj
  1. Unvarying, calm and steady; constant and uniform.
  2. (of temperature) Free from extremes of heat or cold.
  3. (of emotions) Not easily disturbed; tranquil
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Word of the day for July 22
dielectric n
  1. An electrically insulating or nonconducting material
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Makemake n
  1. (mythology) The creator deity in the mythology of Easter Island.
  2. (astronomy) A dwarf planet and large Kuiper belt object, discovered in 2005
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craggy adj
  1. Characterized by rugged, sharp, or coarse features
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Word of the day for July 25
assimilate v
  1. To incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
  2. To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind.
  3. To absorb a group of people into a community
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Word of the day for July 26
jugular adj
  1. Relating to, or located near, the neck or throat
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Word of the day for July 27
rubric n
  1. A heading in a book highlighted in red.
  2. A category or classification.
  3. An established rule or custom, a guideline.
  4. (education) A set of scoring criteria for evaluating student work and for giving feedback
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forbear v
  1. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from.
  2. To control oneself when provoked
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simian adj
  1. Of or relating to apes.
  2. Bearing resemblance to an ape
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lacuna n
  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression; a gap or vacancy.
  2. An absent part, especially in an older book or other piece of writing
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Word of the day for July 31
prerogative n
  1. A hereditary or official right or privilege
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