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Word of the day for January 1
New Year's resolution n
  1. A vow that one makes on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day for the coming year.
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Word of the day for January 2
tumultuous adj
  1. Characterized by loud, confused noise.
  2. Causing or characerized by tumult; chaotic, disorderly, turbulent.
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Word of the day for January 5
puffling n
  1. A young puffin.
PointingHand.svg Today is National Bird Day in the United States, which was started by the Avian Welfare Coalition and Born Free USA to improve the welfare of birds in captivity.
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Word of the day for January 6
Slavi proper n
  1. The Russian Orthodox Christmas, which is celebrated from January 6 through 13 in outstate Alaska, USA, wherever there is a sizable Russian Orthodox population.
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Word of the day for January 7
to say nothing of conj
  1. (idiomatic) An apophasis used to mention another important, usually related, point: not taking into account, not to mention, without considering.
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Word of the day for January 8
mind-boggling adj
  1. That causes the mind to boggle; that is beyond one's ability to understand or figure out.
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Word of the day for January 9
cryptodepression n
  1. (geography, limnology) The portion of a lake which lies below sea level.
PointingHand.svg The cryptocurrency Bitcoin was first issued ten years ago on this day in 2009.
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Word of the day for January 10
blooper n
  1. (US, dated) A radio which interferes with other radios, causing them to bloop (squeal loudly).
  2. (informal) A blunder, an error.
  3. (baseball, slang) A fly ball that is weakly hit just over the infielders.
  4. (film, informal) A filmed or videotaped outtake that has recorded an amusing accident and/or mistake.
  5. (nautical) A gaff-rigged fore-and-aft sail set from and aft of the aftmost mast of a square-rigged ship; a spanker.
PointingHand.svg The American comedy television series Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders, which featured bloopers from popular movies and TV programs, was first broadcast on this day 35 years ago in 1984.
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Word of the day for January 12
charlotte russe n
  1. A dessert of custard or whipped cream enclosed in sponge cake, often in the form of ladyfingers.
PointingHand.svg French chef Marie-Antoine Carême, who is supposed to have created the dish and named it in honour of his employer Alexander I of Russia, was born on this day in 1833.
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Word of the day for January 13
walk-on girl n
  1. (darts) A woman who escorts a player to the stage at a darts event.
PointingHand.svg The final of the Lakeside World Darts Championship organized by the British Darts Organisation takes place today in 2019.
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Word of the day for January 15
field of vision n
  1. The area that a person, an animal, etc., can see with its eyes (or each eye individually) without turning the head.
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Word of the day for January 20
acquit v
  1. (transitive) To declare or find innocent or not guilty.
  2. (transitive) To discharge (for example, a claim or debt); to clear off, to pay off; to fulfil.
  3. (transitive) Followed by of (and formerly by from): to discharge, release, or set free from a burden, duty, liability, or obligation, or from an accusation or charge.
  4. (reflexive) To bear or conduct oneself; to perform one's part.
  5. (reflexive) To clear oneself.
  6. (transitive, archaic) past participle of acquit.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To release, to rescue, to set free.
  8. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To pay for; to atone for.
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Word of the day for January 21
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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Word of the day for January 23
gigot n
  1. A leg of lamb or mutton.
  2. (fashion) Short for gigot sleeve (a type of sleeve shaped like a leg of mutton).
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Word of the day for January 25
Cullen skink n
  1. A thick soup made of smoked finnan haddock, milk, onions, and potatoes, a local speciality of Cullen in Moray, Scotland.
PointingHand.svg Burns night is held on this date in celebration of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns (born on 25 January 1759), and usually involves Scottish foods and recitals of his poetry.
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Word of the day for January 27
looking glass n
  1. A piece of glass with a reflective surface that one may look into to see an image of oneself; a mirror.
  2. A way into a bizarre world.
PointingHand.svg English writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll, the author of the children’s novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), was born on this day in 1832.
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Word of the day for January 31
rainmaker n
  1. Someone or something that causes or attempts to cause rain to fall.
    1. An African or Native American medicine man who seeks to induce rain through performing rituals.
    2. A person who seeks to induce rainfall through scientific methods, such as cloud seeding.
  2. (originally Canada, US, figuratively, informal) A person having the ability to generate business, raise funds, or otherwise engineer success for a company, organization, etc.
  3. (baseball, informal) A batted ball that is hit very high into the air.
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