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Word of the day
for June 1
nursery n
  1. (countable) A place where nursing (breastfeeding) or the raising of children is carried on.
    1. (by extension) Especially in European countries: a room or area in a household set apart for the care of children.
    2. A place where the pre-school children of working parents are supervised during the day; a crèche, a daycare centre.
    3. A nursery school (a school where pre-school children learn and play at the same time).
    4. (Philippines) The first year of pre-school.
  2. (countable, also figuratively) A place where anything is fostered and growth promoted.
    1. (agriculture, zoology) A place where animals breed, or where young animals are naturally or artificially reared (for example, on a farm).
    2. (horticulture) A place where young shrubs, trees, vines, etc., are cultivated for transplanting, or (more generally) made available for public sale, a garden centre; also (obsolete) a plantation of young trees.
    3. (sports) A club or team for developing the skills of young players.
  3. (countable) Something which educates and nurtures.
  4. (countable, billiards) Short for nursery cannon (a carom shot involving balls that are very close together).
  5. (countable, obsolete, rare) Someone or something that is nursed; a nursling.
  6. (uncountable, obsolete) The act of nursing or rearing.

PointingHand.svg Today is the Global Day of Parents, which is recognized by the United Nations to honour the commitment of parents towards their children.

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Word of the day
for June 2
putto n
  1. (art) A representation, especially in Renaissance or Baroque art, of a small, naked, often winged (usually male) child; a cherub.

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

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Word of the day
for June 3
bodice ripper n
  1. (informal) A romantic novel, usually in a historical setting, with frank depictions of sexual activity, especially one in which the female protagonist is seduced; (by extension) a film, television programme, etc., featuring such activity.

PointingHand.svg American novelist Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who wrote The Flame and the Flower (1972) which is regarded as the first modern bodice ripper, was born on this day in 1939.

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Word of the day
for June 4
sheathe v
  1. (transitive) To put (something such as a knife or sword) into a sheath.
  2. (transitive) To encase (something) with a protective covering.
  3. (transitive) Of an animal: to draw back or retract (a body part) into the body, such as claws into a paw.
  4. (transitive, dated or literary, poetic, figuratively) To thrust (a sharp object like a sword, a claw, or a tusk) into something.
  5. (transitive, obsolete or rare, figuratively) To abandon or cease (animosity, etc.)
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To provide (a sword, etc.) with a sheath.
  7. (transitive, medicine, obsolete) To relieve the harsh or painful effect of (a drug, a poison, etc.).
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Word of the day
for June 5
manicole n
  1. (Guyana) A palm tree of the genus Euterpe which is native to Central America, South America, and the West Indies; especially the açaí palm (Euterpe oleracea).
  2. (Guyana, chiefly attributively) The Guyana manicole palm or manacachilla (Prestoea tenuiramosa), a species of palm tree native to South America; also, the wood of this tree.

PointingHand.svg Today is World Environment Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to promote worldwide awareness of the need and action to protect the environment.

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Word of the day
for June 6
barometz n
  1. (mythology) A purported zoophyte, half-animal and half-plant, said to grow in the form of a sheep.
  2. The golden chicken fern or woolly fern (Cibotium barometz), the rhizomes of which are covered in furry brown hair; the legend (sense 1) is supposed to have arisen because, when inverted, the rhizomes with stalks growing out of them resemble lambs.

PointingHand.svg Today is the 10th anniversary of UN Russian Language Day, one of six such days established by UNESCO in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote the equal use of its working languages. The word barometz is thought to be a corruption of Russian баране́ц (baranéc, a species of club moss (genus Lycopodium)).

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Word of the day
for June 7
cook someone's goose v
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To spoil one's plans or hope of success.

PointingHand.svg Today is World Food Safety Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness about and promote global food safety.

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Word of the day
for June 8
mediterranean sea n
  1. (oceanography) A mostly enclosed sea that has limited exchange of deep water with outer oceans, and where the water circulation is dominated by salinity and temperature differences rather than winds.

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 9
katogo n
  1. (Uganda) A traditional breakfast dish consisting of a sauce containing legumes and offal to which a staple such as cassava or matoke (mashed boiled bananas or plantains) is added, all cooked in the same pot.

PointingHand.svg Today is Heroes’ Day in Uganda.

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Word of the day
for June 10
fillip n
  1. (archaic) The action of holding the tip of a finger against the thumb and then releasing it with a snap; a flick.
  2. A smart strike or tap made using this action, or (by extension) by other means.
  3. (by extension) Something unimportant, a trifle; also, the brief time it takes to flick one's finger (see noun sense 1); a jiffy.
  4. (by extension) Something that excites or stimulates.

PointingHand.svg Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, was born on this day in 1921.

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Word of the day
for June 11
skew v
  1. (transitive) To form or shape in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
    1. (statistics) To cause (a distribution) to be asymmetrical.
  2. (transitive) To bias or distort in a particular direction.
  3. (transitive, Northumbria, Yorkshire) To hurl or throw.
  4. (intransitive) To move obliquely; to move sideways, to sidle; to lie obliquely.
  5. (intransitive) To jump back or sideways in fear or surprise; to shy, as a horse.
  6. (intransitive) To look at obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
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Word of the day
for June 13
world-weary adj
  1. Tired of the ways of the world; feeling apathetic or cynical due to one's life experiences.
  2. Bored with life.
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Word of the day
for June 14
fugazi adj
  1. (US, chiefly military, especially during the Vietnam War era, slang) Fucked up; broken, damaged beyond repair. [...]
  2. (US, slang) Fake.

fugazi n

  1. (US, slang) A person or thing that is fake; a fake, a fraud.
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Word of the day
for June 15
Magna Carta proper n
  1. (law, historical) A charter granted by King John to the barons at Runnymede in 1215, which is one of the bases of English constitutional tradition; a physical copy of this charter, or a later version.

Magna Carta n

  1. (figuratively) A landmark document that sets out rights or important principles.

PointingHand.svg King John of England granted the Great Charter on this day 805 years ago in 1215.

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Word of the day
for June 18
bouillabaisse n
  1. A type of fish soup or stew from Provence, France.
  2. (figuratively) A mixture.

PointingHand.svg Today is designated as Sustainable Gastronomy Day 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 19
Juneteenth proper n
  1. (US) Also more fully as Juneteenth Day: a holiday celebrated in many states of the United States of America on June 19, commemorating the end of slavery.

PointingHand.svg On this day 155 years ago in 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read out General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, stating that all previously enslaved people in Texas were now free.

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for June 20
jaw-dropping adj
  1. (informal) Causing great awe or surprise.

PointingHand.svg The movie Jaws premiered in the United States on this day 45 years ago in 1975.

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for June 21
earworm n
  1. A tune that keeps replaying in one's head or that one keeps thinking about, especially if unwanted.
  2. (originally US) Short for corn earworm (“larva of the moths Helicoverpa zea (syn. Heliothis zea) and Helicoverpa armigera, which are agricultural pests”).
  3. (archaic) An earwig (insect of the order Dermaptera).

PointingHand.svg The Fête de la Musique (also known as World Music Day), which originated in France in 1982 and is now celebrated around the world, takes place today.

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Word of the day
for June 22
aphotic adj
  1. Having no light, especially no sunlight; specifically (biology, oceanography) describing that part of deep lakes and oceans where less than one per cent of sunlight penetrates and where photosynthesis is not possible.
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Word of the day
for June 23
rubbernecker n
  1. (originally US) A person who rubbernecks; someone who cranes their neck as though it were made of rubber to see something (such as a tourist attraction) or to watch an event (such as an accident); a rubberneck.
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for June 24
constellationally adv
  1. In the manner of a constellation ((astrology) the configuration of planets at a given time (notably of birth), as used for determining a horoscope; (astronomy) a formation of stars perceived as a figure or pattern).
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Word of the day
for June 25
shipshape adj (originally nautical)
  1. Meticulously neat and tidy.

shipshape adv

  1. Neatly and tidily to a meticulous extent.

PointingHand.svg Today is the 10th anniversary of the Day of the Seafarer, which was established by the International Maritime Organization in 2010 and recognized by the United Nations to acknowledge the contributions made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy, and civil society.

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Word of the day
for June 26
muggle n
  1. (uncountable, originally US, slang, dated, chiefly in the plural) Marijuana.
  2. (countable, originally US, slang, dated) A marijuana cigarette; a joint. [...]
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Muggle
    1. A person who has no magical abilities.
    2. (by extension) A person who lacks a particular ability or skill; a non-specialist; also, a person who is not a member of a group; an outsider.
      1. (geocaching, specifically) A person not involved in the pastime of geocaching.

muggle v

  1. (transitive, geocaching) To deface, destroy, or remove a geocache. [...]
  2. (intransitive, Britain, dialectal) Often followed by along: to live or work in an unorganized and unplanned way; to muddle along.

PointingHand.svg The first book in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published on this day in the United Kingdom in 1997.

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for June 27
bouncebackability n
  1. (informal, often sports) The ability to bounce back or recover from bad circumstances.

PointingHand.svg Today is marked as Helen Keller Day in the United States to honor the American author, lecturer and political activist Helen Keller, who was born on this day 140 years ago in 1880. Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Word of the day
for June 28
hodiernal adj
  1. (archaic or literary, rare outside grammar) Of or pertaining to the present day or today; hodiern.
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Word of the day
for June 29
awara n
  1. (Guyana, chiefly attributively) The palm tree Astrocaryum vulgare which is native to the Amazon Rainforest region.
  2. (Guyana) The oily edible fruit of this tree, which has a yellowish-orange skin and pulp, and a large black seed. Both the pulp and the seed yield oil.

PointingHand.svg Today is the International Day of the Tropics, which is recognized by the United Nations to highlight the important role that countries in tropical areas of the world play in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and to raise awareness about the challenges faced by these areas.

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