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Word of the day for April 1
Banbury story of a cock and a bull n
  1. (idiomatic, obsolete, slang, Britain) A roundabout, nonsensical story.
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dead cat bounce n
  1. (trading) A temporary recovery in the price of an instrument which has fallen rapidly and is expected to fall further in the long run.
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elephantry n
  1. (military, historical) That branch of an army that uses elephants.
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logarithmancy n
  1. (obsolete, rare) Divination using logarithms.
PointingHand.svg Scottish mathematician, physicist and astronomer John Napier, who discovered logarithms, died on this day in 1617.

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Word of the day for April 5
smell a rat v
  1. (idiomatic) To sense something suspicious.
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Word of the day for April 6
that dog won't hunt phr
  1. (US) That idea will not work; that is an inadequate explanation or proposition.
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Word of the day for April 7
bedside manner n
  1. The ability of a doctor, medic, nurse, or other healthcare professional, to interact with his or her patients.
PointingHand.svg Today is World Health Day, which is sponsored by the World Health Organization to draw attention to matters of importance to global health.

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Word of the day for April 9
lovingkindness n
  1. (archaic, uncountable) Kindness or mercy which is based on, or arises from, love; (countable) an act of such kindness or mercy.
PointingHand.svg Today is Palm Sunday in both Eastern and Western Christianity in 2017, the Sunday before Easter when Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem.

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Word of the day for April 10
taghairm n
  1. (historical, Scotland) An ancient divination method of the Highland Scots involving animal sacrifice.
    1. A method of divination involving sewing a person into the hide of a freshly-killed ox which was then placed beside a waterfall or other desolate place, to enable the person to foresee the outcome of an impending battle; the oracle of the hide.
    2. A method of divination in which cats were roasted alive to call up the spirit of the demon cat who would grant the wishes of the torturers.

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usufruct n
  1. (law) The legal right to use and derive profit or benefit from property that belongs to another person, as long as the property is not damaged.
PointingHand.svg The tongue-in-cheek International Be Kind to Lawyers Day falls on this day in 2017, the second Tuesday of April.

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grandcat n
  1. (humorous, affectionate) A cat owned by one's child, having a status comparable to a grandchild.

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Word of the day for April 13
pedilavium n
  1. (Christianity) The rite of foot-washing based on the act carried out by Jesus Christ on his disciples at the Last Supper. Depending on the church or denomination, it may be carried out at baptism, during Holy Communion, or as part of a Maundy Thursday service.
  2. (chiefly medicine, obsolete) A footbath carried out for therapeutic purposes; a pediluvium.
PointingHand.svg Today is Maundy Thursday in both Eastern and Western Christianity in 2017. It commemorates the maundy (foot-washing) which Jesus Christ performed on his disciples, and the Last Supper which they shared, the night before his crucifixion and death.

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daily bread n
  1. All those things, such as regular food and water, needed to sustain physical life.
  2. (by extension, chiefly Christianity) All those things, such as regular prayer, worship and meditation, needed to sustain spiritual life.
PointingHand.svg Today is Good Friday in both Eastern and Western Christianity in 2017.

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Word of the day for April 15
Leonardeschi n
  1. A group of artists who worked in the studio of, or under the influence of, Leonardo da Vinci.
PointingHand.svg Today, the anniversary of the day Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452, is declared by the International Association of Art to be World Art Day to celebrate the fine arts.

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Word of the day for April 16
hierophany n
  1. (religion) A physical manifestation of the holy or sacred, serving as a spiritual eidolon for emulation or worship.
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Word of the day for April 17
kyriarchy n
  1. A system of ruling and oppression in which many people may interact and act as oppressor or oppressed.
PointingHand.svg Romanian-born German feminist Roman Catholic theologian Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, who coined the word in a 2001 book, was born on this day 80 years ago in 1938.

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Word of the day for April 18
paint oneself into a corner v
  1. (idiomatic) To create a predicament or problem for oneself; to do something that leaves one with no good alternatives or solutions.

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Word of the day for April 19
syllabub n
  1. A drink dating back to the 16th century consisting primarily of milk curdled with an alcoholic beverage or some acid such as lemon juice, which is usually then sweetened and spiced.
  2. Also everlasting syllabub or solid syllabub: a dessert pudding derived from the drink.
  3. (figuratively) Something lacking substance; something frothy, insubstantial, or lightweight.
PointingHand.svg Elizabeth Raffald, an English businesswoman known for her book The Experienced English Housekeeper (1769), died on this day in 1781.

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execration n
  1. An act or instance of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; an imprecation; an expression of utter detestation.
  2. That which is execrated; a detested thing.

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Word of the day for April 21
oont n
  1. (India (Anglo-Indian), Australia, colloquial) A camel.
PointingHand.svg The First Battle of Panipat, which marked the start of the Mughal Empire, took place on this day in 1526.

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Word of the day for April 22
geoid n
  1. (geography (geodesy)) The shape that the surface of the oceans of the Earth would take under the influence of the Earth's gravity and rotation alone, disregarding other factors such as winds and tides; that is, a surface of constant gravitational potential at zero elevation.
PointingHand.svg Today is Earth Day, a day for observing the need to protect the Earth.

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Word of the day for April 23
shy bairns get nowt proverb
  1. (Geordie) If you're too shy, or don't ask, you will not get what you want.
PointingHand.svg Today is Saint George's Day, the feast day of the patron saint of England.

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Word of the day for April 24
ytterbium n
  1. A metallic chemical element (symbol Yb) with an atomic number of 70.
  2. A single atom of this element.
PointingHand.svg Swiss chemist Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac, who discovered the element in 1878, was born on this day 200 years ago in 1817.

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Word of the day for April 25
fishy adj
  1. Of, from, or similar to fish.
  2. Suspicious; inspiring doubt.
  3. (LGBT slang) Of drag queens: appearing feminine.

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Word of the day for April 26
hotel load n
  1. (electrical engineering) The electrical load caused by all systems on a vehicle (especially a marine vessel or a truck) other than propulsion.

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Word of the day for April 27
fishbone diagram n
  1. Ishikawa diagram.
PointingHand.svg Today, the fourth Thursday of April in 2017, is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in the United States.

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Word of the day for April 28
fizgig n
  1. (archaic) A flirtatious, coquettish girl, inclined to gad or gallivant about; a gig, a giglot.
  2. (archaic) Something frivolous or trivial; a gewgaw, a trinket.
  3. (archaic) A small squib-like firework that explodes with a fizzing or hissing noise.
  4. (fishing) A spear with a barb on the end of it, used for catching fish; a type of harpoon.
  5. (Australia, slang, dated) A police informer.
  6. (Scotland, rare) The common ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris).

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Word of the day for April 29
yen n
  1. The unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥), equal to 100 sen.
  2. A coin or note worth one yen. []
  3. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
PointingHand.svg Today is Shōwa Day in Japan, which honours the birthday of the late Emperor Hirohito who was born on this day in 1901.

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Word of the day for April 30
exhilarate v
  1. (transitive) To cheer, to cheer up, to gladden, to make happy.
  2. (transitive) To excite, to thrill.

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