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Word of the day for November 1
rood screen n
  1. (architecture, Christianity) A carved screen that separated the chancel and nave in a medieval church; it originally carried a large crucifix.
PointingHand.svg Today is All Saints' Day in Western Christianity.

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Word of the day for November 2
paper candidate n
  1. An election candidate with little chance of winning, who is added to the ballot for publicity and to increase the number standing.
PointingHand.svg Election Day for the United States presidential election, 2016, is on November 8.

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Word of the day for November 3
stasiology n
  1. (rare, political science) The study of political parties.
PointingHand.svg Election Day for the United States presidential election, 2016, is on November 8.

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Word of the day for November 4
chad n
  1. (uncountable) Small pieces of paper punched out from the edges of continuous stationery, or from ballot papers, paper tape, punched cards, etc.
  2. (countable) One of these pieces of paper.
PointingHand.svg Election Day for the United States presidential election, 2016, is on November 8.

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Word of the day for November 5
squeezebox n
  1. (music, informal) Synonym of accordion or concertina.
  2. Alternative form of squeeze box (device for immobilizing an animal; box used by cavers for practising).
PointingHand.svg American musician Myron Floren, best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show between 1950 and 1980, was born on this day in 1919.

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Word of the day for November 6
ballot n
  1. Originally, a small ball placed in a container to cast a vote; now, by extension, a piece of paper or card used for this purpose, or some other means used to signify a vote.
  2. The process of voting, especially in secret; a round of voting.
  3. The total of all the votes cast in an election.
  4. (chiefly US) A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
PointingHand.svg Election Day for the United States presidential election, 2016, is on November 8.

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Word of the day for November 7
vitriolic adj
  1. (chemistry, dated) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from or resembling vitriol; vitriolous.
  2. (figuratively) Bitterly scathing, caustic.
PointingHand.svg Election Day for the United States presidential election, 2016, is on November 8.

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Word of the day for November 8
vote n
  1. A formalized choice on matters of administration or other democratic activities.
  2. An act or instance of participating in such a choice, e.g., by submitting a ballot.
  3. (obsolete) An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer.
PointingHand.svg Today is Election Day for the United States presidential election, 2016.

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Word of the day for November 9
puissance n
  1. Power, might or potency.
  2. (equestrianism) Often Puissance: The high-jump component of the sport of show jumping.

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Word of the day for November 10
stemware n
  1. Drinking glasses that have a stem, such as wine glasses or champagne flutes.

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Word of the day for November 11
saddle shoe n
  1. A shoe, resembling an oxford, which has a saddle of a leather or color different from the rest of the shoe.

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Word of the day for November 12
periegesis n
  1. A description of an area or territory.

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Word of the day for November 13
spoils of war n
  1. Any profits extracted as the result of winning a war or other military activity.

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Word of the day for November 14
yurt n
  1. A large, round, semi-permanent tent with vertical walls and a conical roof, usually associated with Central Asia and Mongolia (where it is known as a ger).
PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated in Mongolia as the symbolic birthday of Genghis Khan (born circa 1162), the founder and khagan of the Mongol Empire.

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Word of the day for November 15
philanthropy n
  1. (chiefly uncountable) Benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind.
  2. (uncountable) Charitable giving, charity.
  3. (countable) A philanthropic act.
  4. (countable) A charitable foundation.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated as National Philanthropy Day in the USA by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Word of the day for November 16
machine elf n
  1. A kind of otherworldly humanoid figure sometimes seen during dimethyltryptamine (DMT) hallucinations.
PointingHand.svg The person who coined the term, American ethnobotanist and author Terence McKenna who advocated the responsible use of naturally occurring psychoactive plants, was born on this day in 1946.

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Word of the day for November 17
roots-rock n
  1. (music) A genre of popular rock music influenced by Americana and roots music.

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Word of the day for November 18
kooky adj
  1. Eccentric, strange, or foolish; crazy or insane; kookish.
  2. (surfing) Behaving like a kook (a person with poor style or skill); kook-like.

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Word of the day for November 19
turd n
  1. (mildly vulgar) A piece of solid animal or human feces.
  2. (derogatory) A pejorative term, typically directed at a person.
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
countrify v
  1. (transitive) To make rural or rustic.

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Word of the day for November 21
happy adj
  1. Having a feeling arising from a consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, such as comfort, peace, or tranquillity; blissful, contented, joyous.
  2. Experiencing the effect of favourable fortune; favored by fortune or luck; fortunate, lucky, propitious.
  3. Content, satisfied (with or to do something); having no objection (to something).
  4. Of acts, speech, etc.: appropriate, apt, felicitous.
  5. (as a suffix to a noun) Favoring or inclined to use.
  6. (rare) Of persons, especially when referring to their ability to express themselves (often followed by at or in): dexterous, ready, skilful.
PointingHand.svg Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” was released on this date in 2013.

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Word of the day for November 22
glass harp n
  1. A musical instrument consisting of wine glasses tuned by putting different amounts of liquid into them. Sound is produced by rubbing one's fingers around the edges of the glasses, causing them to vibrate.
PointingHand.svg For some Christian churches, today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

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Word of the day for November 23
scream blue murder v
  1. (idiomatic) To protest loudly or angrily.
PointingHand.svg The American homeopath Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged on this day in 1910 for the murder of his wife.

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Word of the day for November 24
thank you interj
  1. An expression of gratitude or politeness in response to something done or given.
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Word of the day for November 25
affluenza n
  1. A feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, etc., caused by the dogged and ongoing pursuit of more goods and possessions.
PointingHand.svg Today is Black Friday in Canada and the United States in 2016, generally the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Word of the day for November 26
on the wagon adj
  1. (idiomatic) Abstaining from drinking any alcoholic drink, usually in the sense of having given it up (as opposed to never having partaken); teetotal.
  2. (by extension) Maintaining a program of self-improvement or abstinence from some other undesirable habit.
PointingHand.svg Bill W. (Bill Wilson), one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, was born on this day in 1895.

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Word of the day for November 27
garlicky adj

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Word of the day for November 28
sickle n
  1. (agriculture) An implement having a semicircular blade and short handle, used for cutting long grass and cereal crops.
PointingHand.svg German philosopher Friedrich Engels, who wrote The Communist Manifesto (1848) with Karl Marx, was born on this day in 1820. The hammer and sickle are common symbols of Communism.

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Word of the day for November 29
pink-collar adj
  1. Of or pertaining to employees in predominately female service industries.

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Word of the day for November 30
saltire n
  1. (heraldry) An ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.
  2. The Saint Andrew's cross, the flag of Scotland.
PointingHand.svg Today is Saint Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day.

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