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Word of the day for April 1
ataraxia n
  1. (literary, Greek philosophy) A pleasure that comes when the mind is at rest

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prosopagnosia n
  1. A form of visual agnosia characterised by difficulty with face recognition despite intact low-level visual processing

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snail mail n
  1. (retronym) Postal mail, especially as compared to email

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roundabout adj
  1. Indirect, circuitous or circumlocutionary; that does not do something in a direct way

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reptilianness n
  1. The quality of the embodiment of reptile characteristics

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lek n
  1. (biology) An aggregation of male animals for the purposes of courtship and display

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lollapalooza n
  1. (informal) An outstanding, extreme, or outrageous example of its kind

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cross swords v
  1. (idiomatic) To quarrel or argue with someone, to have a dispute with someone

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unheralded adj
  1. Without prior warning; unexpected or unannounced

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popliteal adj
  1. (anatomy) Of the area behind the knee

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covenstead n
  1. (Wicca) A permanent circle or temple used to meet for rituals and to store religious items, often a mundane location.
  2. (Wicca) A Wiccan congregation

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ungulate adj
  1. Having hooves

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pink slime n
  1. (paper manufacture) An undesirable pink-colored microbial mass occurring in the slurry used in making paper.
  2. (informal) A meat byproduct produced from otherwise unusable material such as skin and connective tissue, spinal bones, and digestive tissue by heating and then mixing with ammonia in a centrifuge to produce a food additive

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hapax legomenon n
  1. A word occurring only once in a given corpus

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eschatology n
  1. (countable) System of doctrines concerning final matters, such as death.
  2. (uncountable) The study of the end times — the end of the world, notably in Christian theology the second coming of Christ, the Apocalypse or the Last Judgment

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heir apparent n
  1. (usually monarchy) Someone who will definitely inherit, assuming he survives the one from whom he is inheriting

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kasha n
  1. A porridge made from boiled buckwheat groats, or sometimes from other cereal groats

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oubliette n
  1. A dungeon only accessible by a trapdoor at the top

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debauch v
  1. (transitive) To morally corrupt (someone); to seduce.
  2. (transitive) To debase (something); to lower the value of (something)

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capias n
  1. (law) An arrest warrant; a writ commanding officers to take a specified person or persons into custody

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overawe v
  1. (transitive) To restrain, subdue, or control by awe; to cow

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crosswordese n
  1. The jargon of crossword puzzle answers, classically consisting of rare, archaic, or dialectal words

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handsy adj
  1. (informal) Prone to touching other people with one's hands, especially inappropriately.
  2. (golf) Moving the hands and wrists excessively when making a stroke or swing

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nulla pœna sine lege phrase
  1. (law) The principle that a person shall receive no punishment unless he has committed an offence as explicitly defined in a law

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vexatious adj
  1. Causing vexation, annoyance, trouble, or the like; teasing; annoying; troublesome.
  2. Full of trouble or disquiet; harassed; distressed; annoyed; vexed

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paratransit n
  1. An auxiliary transit service without fixed routes or schedules, usually serving the disabled on-demand

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floordrobe n
  1. (humorous) Clothing strewn on the floor

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kitchen supper n
  1. An informal or semiformal meal served for guests, not necessarily one served in the kitchen

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bestride v
  1. To be astride something, to sit on with legs on either side, especially to sit on a horse

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consonant adj
  1. Characterized by harmony or agreement

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