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Word of the day for June 2
rubicon n
  1. A limit that when exceeded, or an action that when taken, cannot be reversed.
  2. (card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: a score which, if not achieved by a losing player, increases the player's penalty.

rubicon v

  1. (transitive, card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: to defeat a player who has not achieved the rubicon.

PointingHand.svg Today is Festa della Repubblica or Republic Day, Italy’s national day.

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Word of the day for June 6
polemology n
  1. The study of human conflict and war.

PointingHand.svg Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 1944, the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, during World War II that laid the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front.

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Word of the day for June 8
polynya n
  1. (hydrology, oceanography) A naturally formed area of open water surrounded by sea ice, especially in the Arctic.

PointingHand.svg Today is World Oceans Day, a day recognized by the United Nations to highlight the importance of conserving and protecting the world’s oceans.

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Word of the day for June 15
lion's share n
  1. (idiomatic) The majority; a large or generous portion.

PointingHand.svg The animated movie The Lion King premiered on this day 25 years ago in 1994.

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Word of the day for June 17
gastrodiplomacy n
  1. A type of cultural diplomacy where relations between representatives of different cultures are improved by the means of gastronomy and the promotion of national cuisines.

PointingHand.svg Today is the eve of Sustainable Gastronomy Day, which is designated by the United Nations to highlight the role that gastronomy can play in promoting sustainable development.

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Word of the day for June 18
meet one's Waterloo v
  1. To be decisively defeated by an encounter with a powerful opponent or a problem that is too difficult.

PointingHand.svg The Battle of Waterloo, which marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars after Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by armies of Britain and Prussia, took place on this day in 1815.

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Word of the day for June 21
ski-through adj
  1. (skiing) Of a ski lodge or other hotel establishment: providing skiers with the service of transporting their equipment, luggage, and vehicles to other establishments so they can ski directly to those establishments.
  2. (skiing) Of a restaurant, shop, or other establishment or facility: providing service to skiers while they are still wearing their skis.

PointingHand.svg In the Southern Hemisphere according to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the winter solstice falls on this day in 2019.

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Word of the day for June 22
lorry n
  1. (road transport, Britain) A motor vehicle for transporting goods; a truck.
  2. (dated) A barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations.
  3. (dated) A small cart or wagon used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish.
  4. (obsolete) A large, low, horse-drawn, four-wheeled wagon without sides; also, a similar wagon modified for use on railways.
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