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Word of the day for July 1
motlopi n
  1. The shepherd tree or shepherd's tree (Boscia albitrunca), an evergreen tree native to southern and tropical Africa which is one of the most important forage trees of the Kalahari.

PointingHand.svg Today is Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana, which commemorates the birthday of Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana, on this day in 1901.

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Word of the day for July 7
hebdomad n
  1. (obsolete) A group of seven.
  2. A period of seven days; a week.
  3. (Gnosticism) A group of seven world-creating archons (supernatural beings) often regarded as somewhat hostile; also, a term of address for the Demiurge (a being sometimes seen as the creator of evil).
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Word of the day for July 13
calvous adj
  1. (formal, medicine, rare) Lacking most or all of one's hair; bald, hairless.
  2. (botany, rare) Lacking bristles or pappuses.

PointingHand.svg The calvous British actor Sir Patrick Stewart was born on this day in 1940.

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Word of the day for July 14
l'esprit de l'escalier n
  1. The phenomenon when a conversational rejoinder or remark only occurs to someone after the opportunity to make it has passed.

PointingHand.svg Today is Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille that took place on this day 230 years ago in 1789.

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Word of the day for July 17
chancellor n
  1. A senior secretary or official with administrative or legal duties, sometimes in charge of some area of government such as finance or justice.
  2. The head of the government in some German-speaking countries.
  3. (Christianity) A senior record keeper of a cathedral; a senior legal officer for a bishop or diocese in charge of hearing cases involving ecclesiastical law.
  4. (education) The head of a university, sometimes purely ceremonial.
  5. (Britain) Short for Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  6. (Scotland) The foreman of a jury.
  7. (US, law) The chief judge of a court of chancery (that is, one exercising equity jurisdiction).

PointingHand.svg Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, was born on this day 65 years ago in 1954.

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Word of the day for July 23
churchical adj
  1. (Christianity) Pertaining to or characteristic of church; ecclesiastical.
  2. (music) Belonging to a style of Reggae music that reflects a spiritual sensibility.
  3. (Rastafari) Pertaining to the strain of Rastafarian culture that emphasizes a traditional theocracy.

PointingHand.svg Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, was born on this day in 1892. He is worshipped as a deity and messiah by Rastafarians.

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Word of the day for July 25
aspheterism n
  1. (dated, rare) The view that all property should be in common ownership and that no individual should benefit from private possession.

PointingHand.svg The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the word in a 1794 letter to fellow poet Robert Southey, died on this day 185 years ago in 1834.

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