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Word of the day for November 1
xenocide n
  1. (science fiction) The genocide of an entire alien species.
  2. (US, colloquial) The intentional killing of an entire foreign (plant or animal) species.
PointingHand.svg The film Alien was released in the United Kingdom on this date in 1979.

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Word of the day for November 2
in articulo mortis adv
  1. At the moment of death.
PointingHand.svg In Western Christianity, today is All Souls' Day, a day of prayer for the faithful departed.

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Word of the day for November 3
prograde adj
  1. (astronomy) Describing motion in a forward direction, especially with respect to other bodies in the same system.
  2. (geology) Describing a metamorphic change resulting from a higher pressure or temperature.

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Word of the day for November 4
entelechy n
  1. (Aristotelian philosophy) The complete realisation and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualized.
  2. A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being; the need to actualize one's beliefs; having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within.
  3. Something complex that emerges when a large number of simple objects are put together.

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Word of the day for November 5
acnestis n
  1. The part of an animal's skin that it cannot reach to scratch itself, usually the space between the shoulder blades.

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Word of the day for November 7
addling n
  1. Causing fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell.

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Word of the day for November 8
klecksography n
  1. The art of making images from inkblots.
PointingHand.svg Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Hermann Rorschach, who developed the Rorschach inkblot test, was born on this day in 1884.

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Word of the day for November 9
welfare trap n
  1. (US) A situation where the welfare system keeps people on social insurance because entering low-paid work does not result into a significant income increase.

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Word of the day for November 10
birdsmouth n
  1. (carpentry) A notch cut into the underside of a rafter to ensure that it does not move when resting on the wall plate running across the top of a wall; a similar notch in other components.

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Word of the day for November 11
Catch-22 n
  1. (idiomatic) A difficult situation from which there is no escape because it involves mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
PointingHand.svg On this day in 1961, Joseph Heller's book Catch-22 was published.

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Word of the day for November 12
inoculate v
  1. (transitive, immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
  3. To add one substance to another; to spike.
  4. To graft by inserting buds.
  5. (figuratively) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue.

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Word of the day for November 13
Romanesco n
  1. Romanesco broccoli, a light-green edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea, which is thus related to broccoli and cauliflower. Its form is a natural approximation of a fractal.
  2. Romanesco dialect, the dialect of Italian language spoken in Rome.

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Word of the day for November 14
calamondin n
  1. A small decorative evergreen citrus tree, of the species Citrofortunella mitis, sometimes cultivated for its fruit.
  2. The fruit of this tree.

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Word of the day for November 15
poculiform adj
  1. Having the shape of a goblet or drinking cup.

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Word of the day for November 17
fedge n
  1. A fence made up of living plants, especially willow, thus somewhat resembling a hedge.

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Word of the day for November 18
sodden adj

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Word of the day for November 19
trite adj
  1. Often in reference to a word or phrase: used so many times that it is commonplace, or no longer interesting or effective; worn out, hackneyed.

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Word of the day for November 20
adoxography n
  1. (rhetoric) Fine writing on a minor or trivial subject.

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Word of the day for November 21
three-fisted adj
  1. Having three components or parts.
  2. Aggressive, energetic, enthusiastic, exuberant; two-fisted.
  3. In three-fisted drinker: able to consume large quantities of liquor without ill effects; heavy (drinker); compare two-fisted drinker.

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Word of the day for November 22
dory n
  1. (nautical) A small flat-bottomed boat with pointed or somewhat pointed ends, used for fishing both offshore and on rivers.
  2. Any of several different families of large-eyed, silvery, deep-bodied, laterally compressed, and roughly discoid marine fish. []
  3. A wooden pike or spear about three metres (ten feet) in length with a flat, leaf-shaped iron spearhead and a bronze butt-spike (called a sauroter), which was the main weapon of hoplites in Ancient Greece. It was usually not thrown but rather thrust at opponents with one hand.

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Word of the day for November 24
debacchate v
  1. (rare) To rant as if drunk.

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Word of the day for November 25
whirlpool n

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Word of the day for November 26
dzud n
  1. A summer drought followed by a severe winter, generally causing serious loss of livestock.
PointingHand.svg Today is the independence day of Mongolia.

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Word of the day for November 27
bodge v
  1. (Britain) To do a clumsy or inelegant job, usually as a temporary repair; mend, patch up, repair.
  2. To work green wood using traditional country methods; to perform the craft of a bodger.

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Word of the day for November 28
coterie n
  1. A circle of people who associate with one another.
  2. An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.
  3. A communal burrow of prairie dogs.

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Word of the day for November 29
hectad n
  1. (biology, cartography) A unit of land area, ten by ten (that is, a hundred) square kilometres, often used for assessing how widely distributed particular animals or plants are.

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Word of the day for November 30
gardyloo interj
  1. (Scotland, obsolete) Used by servants in medieval Scotland to warn passers-by of waste about to be thrown from a window into the street below. The term was still in use as late as the 1930s and 1940s, when many people had no indoor toilets.
PointingHand.svg Today is St. Andrew's Day, Scotland's official national day.

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