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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 2
self-referential adj
  1. That or who refers to itself or oneself.
  2. (specifically) In a literary work: referring to the author or the author's other works.
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Word of the day for July 3
ambivert n
  1. (psychology) A person who is neither clearly extroverted nor introverted, but has characteristics of each.
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Word of the day for July 4
all-American adj
  1. Comprising things that are wholly from the United States of America; completely made in the United States.
  2. Regarded as embodying the ideal qualities of the United States; (specifically) of a person: courageous, heroic; honest, wholesome, etc.
  3. (US, chiefly sports) Of a person or a team, or some other thing: regarded as the best in the United States.

PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.

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Word of the day for July 6
behove v
  1. (transitive, formal) To befit, to suit.
  2. (transitive, formal) To be necessary for (someone).
  3. (transitive, formal) To be in the best interest of; to benefit.
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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 9
hyperparasite n
  1. (biology) Any parasite whose host is a parasite.
  2. (entomology, specifically) An insect that parasitizes another parasitic insect.
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Word of the day for July 10
faze v
  1. (transitive, informal) To frighten or cause hesitation; to daunt, put off (usually used in the negative); to disconcert, to perturb.
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Word of the day for July 12
shrill adj
  1. High-pitched and piercing.
  2. Having a shrill voice.
  3. Sharp or keen to the senses.
  4. (figuratively, derogatory) Especially of a complaint or demand: fierce, loud.
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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 15
man-mark v
  1. (transitive, sports) To mark an opposition player closely.

PointingHand.svg The final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Croatia and France takes place today at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

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Word of the day for July 16
champagne n
  1. (countable, uncountable) A sparkling white wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne, France, by the méthode champenoise.
  2. (countable, uncountable, informal) Any sparkling wine made with the méthode champenoise.
  3. (countable, uncountable, informal) Any sparkling white wine.
  4. (countable) A glass of champagne.
  5. (countable) A very pale brownish-gold colour, similar to that of champagne.
    champagne colour:  

PointingHand.svg Allez Les Bleus! France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup 4–2 against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.

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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 18
prowess n
  1. (uncountable) Skillfulness and manual ability; adroitness or dexterity.
  2. (uncountable) Distinguished bravery or courage, especially in battle; heroism.
  3. (countable) An act of prowess.
    1. An act of adroitness or dexterity.
    2. An act of distinguished bravery or courage; a heroic deed.
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Word of the day for July 19
crowd in on v
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To join when not wanted; to force one's way into a situation where one is unwelcome.
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Word of the day for July 20
carrier wave n
  1. (physics) A wave that can be modulated, either in amplitude, frequency, or phase, to carry or transmit images, music, speech, or other signals.

PointingHand.svg Italian electrical engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio, was born 145 years ago on 25 April 1874, and died on this day in 1937.

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Word of the day for July 21
bluff out v
  1. (transitive) To deceive (someone) in order to convince them to give up.
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Word of the day for July 22
forex n
  1. Short for foreign exchange.

PointingHand.svg On this day in 1944, the Bretton Woods agreement was signed, establishing rules, institutions, and procedures to regulate the international monetary system.

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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 24
tank up v
  1. (transitive, intransitive, Canada, US) To fill up (for example, a tank in a vehicle with gas, petrol, etc.).
  2. (transitive, intransitive, slang) To intoxicate (especially with alcohol).
  3. (intransitive) To install a tank.
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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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Word of the day for July 26
sassywood n
  1. A form of trial by ordeal in Liberia, typically involving a suspect drinking a poisonous concoction made from the bark of the ordeal tree Erythrophleum guineense, Erythrophleum ivorense, or Erythrophleum suaveolens (called sassy bark); by extension, other forms of trial by ordeal such as applying a heated machete to the suspect's legs, or dipping the suspect's hand into hot oil.
  2. The ordeal tree itself, the bark of which is used in the sassywood procedure.

PointingHand.svg The Republic of Liberia declared independence on this day in 1847.

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Word of the day for July 27
fetial adj
  1. Of or relating to a fetial (member of the Roman college of priests who acted as representatives in disputes with foreign nations); (by extension) ambassadorial, heraldic.
  2. Concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace.

PointingHand.svg The Korean Armistice Agreement, which brought about a cessation of hostilities of the Korean War, was signed on this day 65 years ago in 1953.

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Word of the day for July 28
numinous adj
  1. Of or relating to a numen (divinity); indicating the presence of a divinity.
  2. Evoking a sense of the mystical, sublime, or transcendent; awe-inspiring.
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Word of the day for July 29
deadfall n
  1. (uncountable, Canada, US) Coarse woody debris; deadwood.
    1. (countable, specifically) A fallen tree.
  2. (countable, Canada, US, hunting) A kind of trap for animals, consisting of a heavy board or log that falls on to the prey.
  3. (countable, US, slang) A cheap, rough bar or saloon.
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Word of the day for July 30
memory lane n
  1. (idiomatic, sometimes capitalized) A set of recollections available to be reviewed, especially accompanied by a feeling of nostalgia.

PointingHand.svg “Good morning, yesterday / You wake up and time has slipped away []” Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka, whose 1975 song “Times of Your Life” began with those words, was born on this day in 1941.

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Word of the day for July 31
adret n
  1. (geography) The sun-facing side of a mountain.

PointingHand.svg The summit of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, was successfully reached by Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli on this day in 1954, though under controversial circumstances.

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