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Word of the day for January 1
anacrusis n
  1. (prosody) an unstressed syllable at the start of a verse
  2. (music) an unstressed note or notes before the first strong beat (or downbeat) of a phrase.

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Word of the day for January 2
neonate n
  1. A newborn infant; recently born baby.

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Word of the day for January 3
and how phrase
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to strongly confirm preceding utterance.

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Word of the day for January 4
brown study n
  1. (dated) A melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought; a moody daydream.

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Word of the day for January 5
timbre n
  1. The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume.

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Word of the day for January 6
relegate v
  1. (done to a person) Exile or banish to a particular place.
  2. (Roman history, done to a person) Banish from proximity to Rome for a set time.
  3. Consign (a person or thing) to a place, position, or role of obscurity, insignificance, oblivion, or (especially) inferiority.

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Word of the day for January 7
tin ear n
  1. Insensitivity to and inability to appreciate the elements of performed music or the rhythm, elegance, or nuances of language.

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Word of the day for January 8
genet n
  1. (biology) A group of genetically identical individuals (plants, fungi, bacteria etc.) that have grown in a given location, all originating from asexual reproduction of a single ancestor.

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Word of the day for January 9
from the word go adv
  1. From the very beginning; from the outset; immediately upon starting.

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Word of the day for January 10
open book n
  1. Something of which salient aspects are obvious or easily interpreted.
  2. A person who through naivete responds candidly to questions or openly displays their emotions or intentions.

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Word of the day for January 11
petiole n
  1. (botany) The stalk of a leaf, attaching the blade to the stem.
  2. (entomology) A narrow or constricted segment of the body of an insect. Used especially to refer to the metasomal segment of Hymenoptera such as wasps.

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Word of the day for January 12
clangour v
  1. To make a clanging sound. Also spelled clangor.

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Word of the day for January 13
transitory adj
  1. Lasting only a short time; temporary.

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Word of the day for January 14
restitution n
  1. (law) A process of compensation for losses.
  2. A return or restoration to a previous condition or position.

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Word of the day for January 15
penny farthing n
  1. A type of bicycle popular in the 19th century, with the front wheel far larger than the rear one.

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Word of the day for January 16
Lethean adj
  1. (chiefly poetic, Greek mythology) of or relating to the river Lethe.
  2. (by extension) of or relating to death or forgetfulness.

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Word of the day for January 17
chicken-hearted adj
  1. Not brave; lacking courage; cowardly.

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Word of the day for January 18
chiasmus n
  1. An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases.

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Word of the day for January 19
gnocchi n
  1. Italian pasta-like dumplings made of potato or semolina.

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Word of the day for January 20
devil-may-care adj
  1. Carefree or recklessly irresponsible.

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Word of the day for January 21
bacchanal adj
  1. Relating to Bacchus or his festival.
  2. Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.

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Word of the day for January 22
xenodochium n
  1. A room (or separate guesthouse) in a monastery for the temporary accommodation of guests or pilgrims.

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Word of the day for January 23
harrow v
  1. To traumatize or disturb; to frighten or torment.

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Word of the day for January 24
baby fat n
  1. The natural fat on the body of a child or young animal that normally disappears at adolescence.
  2. The bodyfat gained by a woman during pregnancy.

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Word of the day for January 25
ramify v
  1. To divide into branches or subdivisions.
  2. (figuratively) To spread or diversify into multiple fields or categories.

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Word of the day for January 26
heterogeneous adj
  1. Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.

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Word of the day for January 28
stoically adv
  1. In a manner that endures pain and hardship without outwardly showing suffering or expressing complaint.
  2. In an unfeeling manner that inwardly is unaffected by pain or distress.

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Word of the day for January 29
expedite v
  1. (transitive) To accelerate the progress of.
  2. (transitive) To perform (a task) fast and efficiently.

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Word of the day for January 30
hungry ghost n
  1. (Buddhism, Chinese folk religion) A type of being condemned to desire more than it can consume.

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Word of the day for January 31
avant-garde n
  1. Any group of people who invent or promote new techniques or concepts, especially in the arts.

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