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Word of the day for March 1
fons honorum n
  1. A person who, by virtue of sovereignty, holds the exclusive right to create and confer legitimate titles of nobility and orders of chivalry

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Word of the day for March 2
party favor n
  1. A small gift given to a guest at a party, as a souvenir

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Word of the day for March 3
beey adj
  1. (informal, rare) Reminiscent of or containing bees

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Word of the day for March 4
philtrum n
  1. The shallow groove running down the center of the outer surface of the upper lip

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Word of the day for March 5
mesmerism n
  1. The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.
PointingHand.svg German physician Franz Mesmer died on this day in 1815

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Word of the day for March 6
begorra int
  1. (Ireland) A mild minced oath; a euphemism for "by God"

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Word of the day for March 7
phillumenist n
  1. A person who collects match-related items, like matchbox labels, matchboxes, matchbooks, or matchbook covers

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Word of the day for March 8
triduan adj
  1. Lasting three days.
  2. Happening every third day

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Word of the day for March 9
win-win adj
  1. Of a situation or outcome that benefits two parties, or that has two distinct benefits

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Word of the day for March 10
normothermic adj
  1. (medicine) Having a normal body temperature

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Word of the day for March 11
quibble v
  1. (intransitive) To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner

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Word of the day for March 12
zombie out v
  1. (informal) Become like a zombie in being listless, vacant, and unresponsive

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Word of the day for March 13
hamiform adj
  1. Curved at the extremity, shaped like a hook

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Word of the day for March 14
annis Domini adv
  1. (of multiple years or of a date range) Taking place a specifed number of years following the assumed birth of Jesus Christ

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Word of the day for March 15
enshrine v
  1. (transitive) To enclose (a sacred relic etc.) in a shrine or chest.
  2. (transitive) To preserve or cherish (something) as though in a shrine; to preserve or contain, especially with some reverence

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Word of the day for March 16
damnify v
  1. (law) To cause injuries or loss to

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Word of the day for March 17
dudeen n
  1. A short-stemmed Irish pipe made out of clay

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Word of the day for March 18
tribology n
  1. (physics, engineering) The science and technology of friction, lubrication, and wear

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Word of the day for March 19
vaguery n
  1. (uncountable) Vagueness, the condition of being vague.
  2. (countable) A vagueness, a thing which is vague, an example of vagueness.
  3. (countable, in the plural) An eggcorn for vagaries

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Word of the day for March 20
forethoughtful adj
  1. Having or full of forethought; provident; proactive; visionary

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Word of the day for March 21
itchy trigger finger n
  1. (idiomatic) A tendency to act in haste or without consideration

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Word of the day for March 22
perfusion n
  1. (medicine) The introduction of a drug or nutrients through the bloodstream in order to reach an internal organ or tissues

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Word of the day for March 23
escapade n
  1. A daring or adventurous act; an undertaking which goes against convention

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Word of the day for March 24
escapology n
  1. The study or art of escaping from a constriction, such as a rope, handcuffs, etc.
PointingHand.svg Harry Houdini, the American illusionist and stunt performer, was born on this day in 1874

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Word of the day for March 25
in a pig's eye prep. phrase
  1. (idiomatic) Very unlikely; probably never

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Word of the day for March 26
immolate v
  1. To kill as a sacrifice.
  2. To destroy, especially by fire

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Word of the day for March 27
fan death n
  1. The urban legend originating in South Korea that if an electric fan is left running overnight in a closed room it can cause the death of those inside

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Word of the day for March 28
lacrimae rerum n plural
  1. The “tears of things”; the inherent tragedy of existence

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Word of the day for March 29
otorhinolaryngology n
  1. (medicine) The study of diseases of the ear, nose and throat

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Word of the day for March 30
eat crow v
  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) To recognize that one has been shown to be mistaken or outdone, especially by admitting that one has made a humiliating error

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Word of the day for March 31
wry adj
  1. Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).
  2. Dryly humorous; sardonic or ironic.
  3. Twisted, bent, crooked

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