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Word of the day for February 4
cachexia n
  1. (pathology) A systemic wasting of muscle tissue, with or without loss of fat mass, that accompanies a chronic disease.
PointingHand.svg Today is World Cancer Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
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Word of the day for February 5
who would have thunk it phrase
  1. (colloquial, sometimes sarcastic) A rhetorical question used to express incredulity: who would have guessed it?; who would have thought that would happen?
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koha n
  1. (New Zealand) A Māori tradition of reciprocal giving of gifts.
  2. (New Zealand, by extension) A voluntary donation given for a service that has been provided.
PointingHand.svg Today is Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand.
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pipe n
  1. (music) A wind instrument consisting of a tube, often lined with holes to allow for adjustment in pitch, sounded by blowing into the tube. []
  2. A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. []
  3. (Australia, colloquial, now historical) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libellous, written on a piece of paper which was rolled up and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.
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live paycheck to paycheck v
  1. (US, idiomatic) To have the entirety of what one earns consumed by living expenses, thus having nothing left over to save; make just enough (money, etc.) to survive; to scratch by.
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boffin n
  1. (Australia, Britain, informal) An engineer or scientist, especially one engaged in technological or military research.
  2. (Australia, Britain, informal, by extension) A person with specialized knowledge or skills, especially one who is socially awkward; (in a weaker sense) an intellectual; a smart person.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognize the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology communities.
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Anthropocene proper n
  1. (geology) The proposed current geological epoch, in which human activities have a powerful effect on the global environment.
PointingHand.svg English naturalist, geologist and biologist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions towards the science of evolution, was born on this day in 1809.
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caressive adj
  1. Having the nature of a caress; gentle, soothing.
  2. (linguistics) Of a diminutive: indicating affection or endearment.

caressive n

  1. (linguistics) A type of diminutive indicating affection or endearment.
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love interest n
  1. Especially of a character in film or literature: one who is of interest as a (potential) partner in love.
  2. A romantic relationship; a romance.
    1. (film, literature, specifically) A romantic plot or subplot in a film or book.
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Homer nods phrase
  1. Alternative form of even Homer nods (not even the most vigilant and expert are immune to error).
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deglutition n
  1. (physiology) The act or process of swallowing.
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hobbyist n
  1. A person who is interested in an activity or a subject as a hobby.
PointingHand.svg Edward Stanley Gibbons, the British stamp dealer who founded the Stanley Gibbons company, died on this day in 1913.
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nepoticide n
  1. (countable, uncountable) The killing of one's own nephew.
  2. (countable) One who kills his or her own nephew.
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husbandry n
  1. The occupation or work of a husbandman or farmer; the cultivation of crops and the raising of livestock; agriculture.
  2. The prudent management or conservation of resources.
  3. (now chiefly nautical) Administration or management of day-to-day matters.
PointingHand.svg Today, the third Monday of February in 2019, is celebrated as Family Day in some parts of Canada.
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analphabet n
  1. A person who does not know the letters of the alphabet; a partly or wholly illiterate person.
PointingHand.svg Today is International Mother Language Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
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stochastically adv
  1. In a stochastic manner; by means of a process involving a randomly determined sequence of events.
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stance n
  1. The manner, pose, or posture in which one stands.
  2. One's opinion or point of view.
  3. A place to stand; a position, a site, a station.
    1. (specifically, climbing) A foothold or ledge on which to set up a belay.
  4. (Scotland) A place for buses or taxis to await passengers; a bus stop, a taxi rank.
  5. (Scotland) A place where a fair or market is held; a location where a street trader can carry on business.
  6. (obsolete, rare) A stanza.
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evitable adj
  1. (uncommon) Possible to avoid; avertible.
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pronoia n
  1. (philosophy, theology) Divine providence, foreknowledge, foresight.
  2. (historical, Byzantine Empire) An imperial grant to an individual of temporary fiscal rights in the form of land, incomes or taxes from land, fishing rights, etc., sometimes carrying with it an obligation of military service. []
  3. (psychology) A belief (sometimes regarded as irrational) that people conspire to do one good.
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carbonado n
  1. (dated) Meat or fish that has been scored and broiled. []
  2. A dark, non-transparent, impure form of polycrystalline diamond (also containing graphite and amorphous carbon) used in drilling.
PointingHand.svg Today is Día de Andalucía, which commemorates the day in 1980 when a referendum led to Andalusia becoming an autonomous community of Spain.
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leap day n
  1. The extra day in a leap year, currently February 29th in countries that use the Gregorian calendar and February 24th in the few communities using the Julian calendar.
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