Wiktionary:Word of the day/Archive/2017/August

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Word of the day for August 2
pukka adj
  1. (originally South Asia) Genuine or authentic; hence of behaviour: correct, socially acceptable or proper.
  2. Superior or of high quality; first-class.
  3. (Britain, slang) Excellent, fantastic, great.
PointingHand.svg The Government of India Act 1858 (21 & 22 Victoria, chapter 106) received royal assent on this day in 1858, ushering in the period of British rule in India known as the British Raj.

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aye-aye n
  1. The lemur Daubentonia madagascariensis, a solitary nocturnal quadruped found in Madagascar and remarkable for its long fingers, sharp nails, and rodent-like incisor teeth.
PointingHand.svg Twins Days, a festival celebrating multiple births, takes place annually in Twinsburg, Ohio, USA, during the first full weekend of August.

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gee-gee n
  1. (colloquial, usually childish) A horse.
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matchy-matchy adj
  1. (fashion) Of clothes or upholstery: excessively color-coordinated.
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nudge nudge wink wink interj
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) A phrase used to hint that the speaker is euphemistically referring to something else.
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nene n
  1. The Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, which was designated the state bird of Hawaii in 1957.
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filch v
  1. (transitive) To illegally take possession of (especially items of low value); to pilfer, to steal.
PointingHand.svg The Great Train Robbery took place at Bridego Railway Bridge, in Ledburn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, on this day in 1963. Most of the over £2.6 million in cash which was stolen has never been recovered.

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Word of the day for August 9
merlion n
  1. (Singapore) An imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, which is one of the national symbols of Singapore.
PointingHand.svg Today is Singapore’s National Day, which commemorates the nation’s independence from Malaysia in 1965.

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adroit adj

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Word of the day for August 11
find oneself v
  1. (idiomatic) To learn, or attempt to learn, what kind of person one is and what one wants in life.
  2. (idiomatic) To unexpectedly or unintentionally begin to do or experience something.
  3. (idiomatic) To be in a particular state of mind.
  4. (literally) To find (something) for oneself.
  5. (literally) To discover oneself to be in a particular place.

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gunmetal n
  1. (historical) A type of bronze used for making cannons.
  2. An alloy of 88% copper, 10% tin and 2% zinc, originally used for making guns.
  3. A dark grey or bluish-grey colour; gunmetal-grey.
PointingHand.svg American gunmaker Eliphalet Remington, who founded the Remington Arms company and designed the Remington rifle, died on this day in 1861.

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sinistromanual adj
  1. Left-handed.
PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated by some people as International Lefthanders Day.

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Word of the day for August 14
rupee n
  1. The common name for the monetary currencies used in modern India, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, the Seychelles, or Sri Lanka, often abbreviated .
  2. A silver coin circulating in India between the 16th and 20th centuries, weighing one tola (formerly 170–180 troy grains; from 1833, 180 troy grains).
PointingHand.svg Today is the Independence Day of Pakistan, one of the countries that calls its currency the rupee.

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Word of the day for August 15
pomerium n
  1. (historical, Roman Empire) The tract of land denoting the formal, sacral ambit of a Roman city.
PointingHand.svg Today is Ferragosto, a public holiday in Italy. The term derives from the Latin feriae Augusti (holidays of the Emperor Augustus), and is said to have been introduced by Augustus after his victory at the Battle of Actium in 31 bce.

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Word of the day for August 18
scabrous adj

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Word of the day for August 19
trickle truth n
  1. (informal) Facts gradually and reluctantly admitted by one's significant other under questioning, especially about having been unfaithful.

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Word of the day for August 20
underbelly n
  1. The underside of an animal.
  2. The underside of any thing.
  3. (figuratively) The side which is not normally seen, normally a dark, immoral place.

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Word of the day for August 21
man down v
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To lose courage or cause to lose courage.
  2. (transitive) To reduce in manpower.
  3. (transitive, chiefly falconry) To train (a raptor or other type of bird) to become accustomed to the presence of people; to man.

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Word of the day for August 22
talking head n
  1. (idiomatic) A pundit, especially one on television, who discusses issues of the day.
PointingHand.svg Charles Francis Jenkins, one of the inventors of television, was born on this day in 1867.

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Word of the day for August 23
paean n
  1. (Ancient Greece, historical) A chant or song, especially a hymn of thanksgiving for deliverance or victory, to Apollo or sometimes another god or goddess; hence any song sung to solicit victory in battle.
  2. Any loud and joyous song; a song of triumph.
  3. An enthusiastic expression of praise.

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Word of the day for August 24
lumination n
  1. (rare) Illumination; specifically, artificial illumination.

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Word of the day for August 25
apple of discord n
  1. An object or topic which sows anger and dissension; something which causes argument, rivalry, or strife.

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Word of the day for August 26
steamer n
  1. A device or object that works by the operation of steam.
    1. A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing and in various processes of manufacture.
    2. (cooking) A cooking appliance that cooks by steaming.
    3. (obsolete) A steam fire engine, that is, a steam boiler and engine driving a pump, which are all mounted on wheels.
  2. A mode of transportation propelled by steam.
    1. (rail transport) A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
    2. (nautical) A vessel propelled by steam; a steamboat or steamship. []
  3. A babycino (frothy milk drink).
  4. A wetsuit with long sleeves and legs.
  5. The name of various animals.
    1. The soft-shell clam, sand gaper, or long-neck clam (Mya arenaria), an edible saltwater clam; specifically the clam when steamed for eating.
    2. A steamer duck: any of the four species of the duck genus Tachyeres which are all found in South America, three of which are flightless. []
  6. (Australia, obsolete) A dish made by cooking diced meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot with a minimum of flavourings, allowing it to steam in its own juices; specifically such a dish made with kangaroo meat. []

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Word of the day for August 27
chthonic adj
  1. Dwelling within or under the earth.

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Word of the day for August 28
syndicate n
  1. A group of individuals or companies formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest; a self-coordinating group.
    1. (crime) A group of gangsters engaged in organized crime.
    2. (mass media) A group of media companies, or an agency, formed to acquire content such as articles, cartoons, etc., and to publish it in multiple outlets; a chain of newspapers or other media outlets managed by such an organization.
  2. The office or jurisdiction of a syndic; a body or council of syndics.

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Word of the day for August 29
Skynet proper n
  1. A family of United Kingdom military communications satellites.
  2. (science fiction) A distributed artificial intelligence system that is aware of the physical world and acts autonomously through cyborgs and computer control systems.
PointingHand.svg Today is the 20th anniversary of “Judgment Day”, the day in 1997 when Skynet is supposed to initiate a nuclear holocaust in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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Word of the day for August 30
janissary n
  1. (historical) An infantry soldier, often Christian, in a former elite Turkish guard (disbanded in 1826); by extension, any Turkish soldier, particularly one escorting a traveller.
  2. (figuratively) An elite, highly loyal supporter.
PointingHand.svg Today is Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day) in Turkey, which commemorates the Battle of Dumlupınar in 1922 that ended the Turkish War of Independence.

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