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Word of the day for September 1
dust bunny n
  1. (US, idiomatic) A small clump of dust, fluff, hair, particles of skin, etc., that tends to accumulate indoors in areas not regularly dusted, such as under heavy furniture.

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autochthon n
  1. The earliest inhabitant of an area; an aborigine.
  2. (geology) An autochthonous rock formation.

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Word of the day for September 3
earwitness n
  1. A witness who gives evidence of what he or she has heard.

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Word of the day for September 4
googolplex n
  1. (cardinal) The number or , ten to the power of a googol.
  2. (figuratively) An unimaginably large number.
  3. (US, real estate, nonstandard, rare) An infinitesimally small portion of land, defined for legal purposes.
PointingHand.svg The American technology company Google was founded on this day in 1998.

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Word of the day for September 5
pharisaism n
  1. The doctrines and practices, or the character and spirit, of the Pharisees.
  2. (chiefly Christianity) Rigid observance of external forms of religion without genuine piety; hypocrisy in religion; a censorious, self-righteous spirit in matters of morals or manners.

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Word of the day for September 6
mimiamb n
  1. (literature, Ancient Greece, rare) A short humorous dramatic scene in verse.

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Word of the day for September 7
crickets n
  1. [] (US, slang, humorous) Used alone or in metaphorically descriptive phrases: absolute silence; no communication.

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Word of the day for September 8
folio n
  1. A leaf of a book or manuscript.
  2. A page of a book, that is, one side of a leaf of a book.
  3. (printing) A page number. The even folios are on the left-hand pages and the odd folios on the right-hand pages.
  4. (paper) A sheet of paper folded in half.
  5. (books) A book made of sheets of paper each folded in half (two leaves or four pages to the sheet); hence, a book of the largest kind, exceeding 30 cm in height.
  6. (accounting) A page in an account book; sometimes, two opposite pages bearing the same serial number.
  7. (law, dated, 19th to early 20th century) A leaf containing a certain number of words; hence, a certain number of words in a writing, as in England, in law proceedings 72, and in chancery, 90; in New York, 100 words.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by UNESCO as International Literacy Day to highlight the importance of literacy.

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Word of the day for September 9
cleavage n
  1. The act of cleaving or the state of being cleft. [from 19th c.]
  2. The hollow or separation between a woman's breasts, especially as revealed by a low neckline. [from 20th c.]
  3. (by extension) Any similar separation between two body parts, such as the buttocks or toes.
  4. (biology) The repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after mitosis. [from 19th c.]
  5. (chemistry) The splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones.
  6. (mineralogy) The tendency of a crystal to split along specific planes. [from 19th c.]
  7. (politics) The division of voters into voting blocs.

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Word of the day for September 10
chronophagous adj
  1. (rare) Time-consuming.
PointingHand.svg American singer-songwriter Jim Croce, who wrote the hit single "Time in a Bottle", died in a plane crash on this day in 1973.

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Word of the day for September 11
remembrance n
  1. The act of remembering; a holding in mind, or bringing to mind; recollection.
  2. The state of being remembered, or held in mind; memory, recollection.
  3. Something remembered; a person or thing kept in memory.
  4. That which serves to keep in or bring to mind; a memento, a memorial, a souvenir, a token; a memorandum or note of something to be remembered.
  5. The power of remembering; the reach of personal knowledge; the period over which one's memory extends.
  6. (obsolete) Something to be remembered; an admonition, counsel, instruction.
PointingHand.svg The September 11 attacks took place 15 years ago on this day in 2001.

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Word of the day for September 12
gecko n
  1. Any lizard of the family Gekkonidae. They are small, carnivorous, mostly nocturnal animals with large eyes and adhesive toes enabling them to climb on vertical and upside-down surfaces.

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Word of the day for September 13
Mammon n
  1. The desire for wealth personified as an evil spirit or a malign influence.
  2. Often mammon: wealth, material avarice, profit.

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Word of the day for September 14
crow over v
  1. (transitive) To triumph over (someone).
PointingHand.svg American rock band Counting Crows released their debut album August and Everything After on this day in 1993.

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Word of the day for September 15
scream queen n
  1. (informal) An actress who appears in many horror films.
PointingHand.svg American actress Fay Wray, regarded as one of the first “scream queens”, was born on this day in 1907.

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Word of the day for September 16
compotator n
  1. One who drinks (alcoholic beverages) with another; a fellow drinker.

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Word of the day for September 17
anneal v
  1. (metallurgy) To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly for the purpose of rendering less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
  2. (figuratively) To strengthen or harden.

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Word of the day for September 18
clamorous adj
  1. Of or pertaining to clamor.
  2. Noisy, loud.

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Word of the day for September 19
arr interj
  1. (Britain, West Country, West Midlands) Yes.
  2. Used stereotypically in imitation of pirates.
PointingHand.svg Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a parodic holiday invented in 1995 by John Baur (‘Ol’ Chumbucket’) and Mark Summers (‘Cap’n Slappy’), of Albany, Oregon, USA.

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Word of the day for September 22
supporter n
  1. A person who gives support to someone or something.
    1. A person who supports, promotes, advocates or champions a cause or movement; an adherent.
    2. A person who provides moral or physical support to another; an attendant participating in a ceremony or procession.
    3. (sports) Someone who is a fan of a certain sports team or sportsperson.
  2. Something that supports another thing.
    1. Something that supports a structure such as a building or a sculpture.
    2. (heraldry) An animal or figure that supports a shield in a coat of arms.
    3. A garter worn around the leg to support a sock or stocking.
    4. Short for athletic supporter.

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Word of the day for September 23
scaffold n
  1. A structure made of scaffolding for workers to stand on while working on a building.
  2. An elevated platform on which a criminal is executed.
  3. (metalworking) An accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf or dome-shaped obstruction above the tuyeres in a blast furnace.

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Word of the day for September 24
rooibos n
  1. (South Africa) A shrub (Aspalathus linearis) from which a tisane (herbal tea) is made.
  2. The tisane (herbal tea) made from this plant.
  3. (South Africa) Various shrubs of the genus Combretum.
PointingHand.svg Today is Heritage Day in South Africa, a public holiday that celebrates the nation’s culture and diversity of beliefs and traditions.

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Word of the day for September 25
booklegging n
  1. The illicit publication and distribution of banned books.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

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Word of the day for September 26
dissensus n
  1. Disagreement, especially when widespread.
PointingHand.svg The first general election debate of the 2016 United States presidential election, takes place today.

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Word of the day for September 27
dolman n
  1. A long, loose garment with narrow sleeves and an opening in the front, generally worn by Turks.
  2. A short, close-fitting, heavily braided military jacket, usually worn under a pelisse, originally by hussars.
  3. A woman’s garment with wide capelike sleeves.
PointingHand.svg Today is the start of Paris Fashion Week for womenswear in 2016.

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Word of the day for September 28
First Amendment proper n
  1. The amendment to the constitution of the United States pertaining to freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

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Word of the day for September 29
freedom of speech n
  1. The right of citizens to speak, or otherwise communicate, without fear of harm or prosecution.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

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Word of the day for September 30
samizdat n
  1. (uncountable, often attributive) The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
  2. (countable) A samizdat publication.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

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