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Word of the day for February 1
narwhal n
  1. An Arctic cetacean, about twenty feet long; the male has a single twisted, pointed canine tooth or tusk projecting forward like a horn
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Word of the day for February 2
valediction n
  1. A speech made, or phrase said, when leaving or parting company.
  2. The act of parting company
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Word of the day for February 3
sesquiquadrate adj
  1. (astronomy, of two celestial bodies) Separated by 135 degrees in aspect
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Word of the day for February 4
score off v
  1. To defeat (especially in an argument), get the better of.
  2. To delete, especially from a list; to draw a line through
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Word of the day for February 9
cutaneous adj
  1. Of, relating to, on, or affecting the skin
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Word of the day for February 11
lozenge n
  1. A quadrilateral with sides of equal length, having two acute and two obtuse angles.
  2. A small tablet or medicated sweet used to ease a sore throat
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Word of the day for February 13
to death adv
  1. To a great degree; to the greatest degree possible; to excess
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Word of the day for February 15
sherpa n
  1. A male of the Sherpa people employed as a mountain guide or porter.
  2. An expert sent by a country's leader to a summit meeting.
  3. A synthetic fabric with a long, thick pile, similar to faux fur, imitation lamb wool, or fleece
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Word of the day for February 17
pareidolia n
  1. The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in reversed music
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Word of the day for February 18
gravlax n
  1. Salmon dry-cured in salt and sugar, seasoned with dill, and served usually thinly sliced as an appetizer
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Word of the day for February 20
de novo adj
  1. Anew, afresh, from the beginning; without consideration of previous instances, proceedings or determinations
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Word of the day for February 21
summarily adv
  1. In a summary manner.
  2. Over a short period of time, briefly
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Word of the day for February 22
idiolect n
  1. The language variant used by a specific individual
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Word of the day for February 23
accidentally on purpose adv
  1. While appearing to be an accident, done deliberately
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Word of the day for February 24
dystrophy n
  1. A wasting of body tissues, of genetic origin or due to inadequate or defective nutrition
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Word of the day for February 25
anile adj
  1. Characteristic of a crone or a feeble old woman
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Word of the day for February 26
made in the shade adj
  1. In a condition characterized by comfort, success, easy living, or general well-being
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Word of the day for February 27
endeavour v
  1. (obsolete, reflexive) To exert oneself.
  2. (intransitive) To attempt through application of effort (to do something); to try strenuously.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To attempt (something)
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Word of the day for February 28
Stockholm syndrome n
  1. A psychological condition in which a hostage emotionally bonds to his or her captor
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