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Word of the day for November 1
pomander n
  1. (countable, uncountable, historical) A mixture of aromatic substances, made into a ball and carried by a person to impart a sweet smell or as a protection against infection.
  2. (countable, historical) A small case in which an aromatic ball was carried.
  3. (countable) A perforated container filled with pot-pourri for placing in a drawer, wardrobe, room, etc., to provide a sweet smell.
  4. (countable) An apple or orange studded with cloves used for the same purpose.

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homily n
  1. A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter.
  2. A moralizing lecture.
  3. A platitude.
PointingHand.svg In Western Christianity, today is All Souls’ Day, a day of prayer for the faithful departed.

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amigurumi n
  1. (uncountable) The Japanese art of crocheting or knitting stuffed yarn toy creatures, typically having oversized heads.
  2. (countable) Such a stuffed toy creature crocheted or knitted from yarn.
PointingHand.svg Culture Day is observed in Japan on this day to promote culture, the arts, and academic endeavour.

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Word of the day for November 4
kirtle n
  1. A knee-length tunic.
  2. A short jacket.
  3. A woman's gown; a woman's outer petticoat or skirt.

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recension n
  1. A critical revision of a text.
  2. A text established by critical revision.
  3. A family of manuscripts which share similar traits; the variety of a language which is used in such manuscripts.

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Word of the day for November 6
Bolshevism n
  1. (politics, historical) The strategy used by the Bolsheviks in attempting to gain power in Russia.
  2. (politics, historical) The Communist political ideology adopted by the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Marxism-Leninism.
PointingHand.svg The 100th anniversary of the October Revolution (7–8 November 1917; 25–26 October in the Old Style calendar), which led to the rise of the Soviet Union, takes place this year.

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endmember n
  1. A member at one end of a range or series made up of similar members.
  2. (mineralogy, specifically) A mineral that occurs at one end in a range of solid solutions.

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bloodthirsty adj
  1. Thirsty for blood: inexorably violent or eager for bloodshed; murderous.
PointingHand.svg Irish author Bram Stoker, who wrote the Gothic horror novel Dracula (1897), was born on this day in 1847.

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Word of the day for November 9
arrowroot n
  1. (countable, uncountable) A large perennial herb (Maranta arundinacea, from the Marantaceae family) native to the Caribbean area with green leaves about 15 centimeters long with white stripes.
  2. (countable, uncountable) Usually preceded by an attributive word: some other plant the rhizomes of which are used to prepare a substance similar to arrowroot (sense 3), such as Zamia integrifolia (Florida arrowroot) or Pueraria montana var. lobata (Japanese arrowroot or kudzu).
  3. (uncountable) A starchy substance obtained from the rhizomes of an arrowroot plant used as a thickener.

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Word of the day for November 10
omnibus adj
  1. Containing multiple items.

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Word of the day for November 13
go it alone v
  1. (colloquial) To do something alone or independently, especially something that is normally or better done in groups.
  2. (card games) To play a hand without the assistance of one's partner.

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Word of the day for November 14
fruiterer n
  1. (Britain) One who sells fruit.
PointingHand.svg Eat a healthy piece of fruit! Today is recognized by the United Nations as World Diabetes Day to raise awareness about diabetes.

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high roller n
  1. (Canada, US, informal, gambling) A gambler who wagers large amounts of money, usually in a casino.
  2. (Canada, US, informal) One who has a lot of money and lives luxuriously.
PointingHand.svg The Gambler”, written by Don Schlitz, was released by American country singer Kenny Rogers on this day 40 years ago in 1978 and became one of his signature songs.

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Word of the day for November 16
seasteading n
  1. The creation of permanent dwellings at sea, outside the territory claimed by any national government.
PointingHand.svg The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea came into force on this day in 1984.

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Word of the day for November 17
baker's dozen n
  1. (idiomatic) Thirteen; a group of thirteen.
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang) A cousin.
PointingHand.svg Today is apparently celebrated by some people as Homemade Bread Day.

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Word of the day for November 18
marocain n
  1. A heavy crepe fabric of silk, wool, or both, having a cross-ribbed texture, used for apparel.
PointingHand.svg Today is Eid Al Istiqulal, Morocco’s Independence Day.

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Word of the day for November 19
borborygm n
  1. (medicine, physiology, rare) A gurgling or rumbling noise produced by gas in the bowels; a borborygmus.
  2. (figuratively) A gurgling or rumbling.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by the United Nations as World Toilet Day to draw attention to inadequate sanitation facilities in countries around the world.

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Word of the day for November 20
vigesimal adj
  1. Occurring in intervals of twenty.
  2. To the base 20.

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Word of the day for November 22
ariose adj

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Word of the day for November 23
ratfink n
  1. An informer or spy; a traitor.
  2. (also attributive) A dislikable or contemptible person.

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Cambrian explosion proper n
  1. (evolutionary biology) The relatively rapid appearance, during the Cambrian Period around 541 million years ago, of most major animal phyla, as demonstrated in the fossil record.

Cambrian explosion n

  1. (by extension) The rapid appearance of anything.
PointingHand.svg English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species, considered the foundation of evolutionary biology, was published on this day in 1859.

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biennium n
  1. A period of two years.
PointingHand.svg Today is the eve of the closing of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

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Word of the day for November 26
creatify v
  1. (transitive, neologism) To render more creative; to creativize.
PointingHand.svg American urban theorist Richard L. Florida, who popularized the term in the 21st century, was born on this day in 1957.

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saleable adj
  1. Suitable for sale; marketable; worth enough to try to sell.
PointingHand.svg Today, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is Cyber Monday, which was introduced by marketing companies in 2005 to encourage online shopping.

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Word of the day for November 28
trypophobia n
  1. An irrational or obsessive fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes, such as those found in honeycombs.

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Word of the day for November 30
loch n
  1. (Scotland) A lake.
  2. (Scotland) A bay or arm of the sea.
PointingHand.svg Today is Saint Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day.

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