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Word of the day for July 1
scuppernong n
  1. A large greenish-bronze grape native to the Southeastern United States, a variety of the muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia).
  2. A sweet, golden or amber-colored American wine made from this variety of grape
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Word of the day for July 2
geodesy n
  1. Scientific discipline that deals with the measurement and representation of earth, its gravitational field and geodynamic phenomena (polar motion, earth tides, and crustal motion) in three‐dimensional, time‐varying space
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Panglossian adj
  1. (pejorative) Naively or unreasonably optimistic.
  2. (pejorative) Of or relating to the view that this is the best of all possible worlds
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Word of the day for July 6
Higgs boson n
  1. (physics) A hypothetical elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model; a boson with zero spin, it is thought to give mass to other particles
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sanguinary adj
  1. Attended with bloodshed.
  2. Eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
  3. Consisting of, covered with or similar in appearance to blood
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Word of the day for July 8
maw n
  1. The upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a ravenous creature.
  2. Any great, insatiable or perilous opening
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Word of the day for July 9
penitent n
  1. Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
  2. Doing penance
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Word of the day for July 10
badinage n
  1. Playful raillery; banter
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gaggle n
  1. A group of geese when they are on the ground or on the water.
  2. Any group or gathering of related things; bunch
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inveterate adj
  1. Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.
  2. (of a person) Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
  3. Malignant; virulent; spiteful
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tardigrade adj
  1. Sluggish; moving slowly
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hapless adj
  1. Very unlucky; ill-fated
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effluvium n
  1. A gaseous or vaporous emission, especially a foul-smelling one
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quisling n
  1. (pejorative) A traitor who collaborates with the enemy
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disconsolate adj
  1. Cheerless, dreary.
  2. Seemingly beyond consolation; inconsolable
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disinter v
  1. To take out of the grave or tomb; to unbury; to exhume; to dig up.
  2. To bring out, as from a grave or hiding place; to bring from obscurity into view
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Word of the day for July 19
reliquary n
  1. A container to hold or display religious relics
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Word of the day for July 20
punctilious adj
  1. Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions.
  2. Precise or scrupulous; finicky or nitpicky
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Word of the day for July 21
mither v
  1. (intransitive, Northern England) To make an unnecessary fuss, moan, bother.
  2. (transitive) To pester or irritate someone. Usually directed at children
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Word of the day for July 22
roundelay n
  1. (music) A poem or song having a line or phrase repeated at regular intervals
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Word of the day for July 23
levity n
  1. Lightness of manner or speech, frivolity.
  2. The state or quality of being light, buoyancy.
  3. (countable) A lighthearted or frivolous act
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Word of the day for July 24
sagacity n
  1. The quality of being sage, wise, or able to make good decisions; wisdom
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Word of the day for July 25
eviscerate v
  1. (transitive) To disembowel, to remove the viscera.
  2. (transitive) To destroy or make ineffectual or meaningless
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Word of the day for July 27
portend v
  1. (transitive) To serve as a warning or omen.
  2. (transitive) To signify; to denote
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Word of the day for July 28
doula n
  1. A support person, usually female, who may not have medical or midwifery training, who provides emotional assistance to a mother or pregnant couple before, during or after childbirth
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shipwrecky adj
  1. Characteristic of a shipwreck.
  2. (figuratively) Weak, feeble; shaky
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Word of the day for July 30
chiropterologist n
  1. Someone who studies bats (the flying mammal)
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Word of the day for July 31
coppice n
  1. A grove of small growth; a thicket of brushwood; a wood cut at certain times for fuel or other purposes, typically managed to promote growth and ensure a reliable supply of timber
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