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Word of the day for March 1
nocturne n
  1. A work of art relating or dedicated to the night.
  2. (music) A dreamlike or pensive composition, usually for the piano.
    PointingHand.svg Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, who composed 21 nocturnes including the best-known Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2, was probably born on this day in 1810.

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Word of the day for February 12
parterre n
  1. (horticulture) A flowerbed, particularly an elevated one.
  2. (horticulture) A garden with paths between such flowerbeds.
  3. (theater) A part of the section of theater seats located on the ground floor, on the same level as the orchestra.
    1. The part of the ground-floor section nearest the orchestra and the stage; the stalls.
    2. (Britain) The part of the ground-floor section behind the stalls and underneath the galleries; the pit.
  4. (theater, by extension) That part of a theater audience seated in the parterre, sometimes regarded as belonging to a lower social class.
  5. (US, New York) An apartment balcony.

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Word of the day for March 3
trenchant adj

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Word of the day for March 4
prophylactic n
  1. A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive.
  2. (US) Specifically, a prophylactic condom.
  3. (figuratively) Any device or mechanism intended to prevent harmful consequences.
    PointingHand.svg Julius Fromm, the inventor of a process for making condoms from liquified rubber, was born on this day in 1883.

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Word of the day for March 5
mesmerism n
  1. The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.
PointingHand.svg German physician Franz Mesmer died on this day in 1815

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Word of the day for March 6
perquisite n
  1. (mostly plural) Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
  2. A gratuity.
  3. A privilege or possession held or claimed exclusively by a certain person, group or class.

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Word of the day for March 7
denude v
  1. To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip.

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Word of the day for March 9
win-win adj
  1. Of a situation or outcome that benefits two parties, or that has two distinct benefits

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Word of the day for March 10
normothermic adj
  1. (medicine) Having a normal body temperature

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Word of the day for March 11
quibble v
  1. (intransitive) To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner

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Word of the day for March 12
purpurous adj
  1. (archaic) Purple.
    PointingHand.svg British chemist William Henry Perkin, who accidentally discovered mauveine, the first aniline dye, was born on this day in 1838.

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Word of the day for March 13
hamiform adj
  1. Curved at the extremity, shaped like a hook

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Word of the day for March 14
nudiustertian adj
  1. (rare, obsolete) Of or relating to the day before yesterday; very recent.
    PointingHand.svg The Carpenters’ song “Only Yesterday” was released on this day in 1975.

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Word of the day for March 15
enshrine v
  1. (transitive) To enclose (a sacred relic etc.) in a shrine or chest.
  2. (transitive) To preserve or cherish (something) as though in a shrine; to preserve or contain, especially with some reverence

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Word of the day for March 16
damnify v
  1. (law) To cause injuries or loss to

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Word of the day for March 17
dudeen n
  1. A short-stemmed Irish pipe made out of clay

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Word of the day for March 18
saw gourds v
  1. (chiefly late-19th-century US slang, intransitive) To snore very loudly.
    PointingHand.svg Today is World Sleep Day in 2015, which celebrates the benefits of good and healthy sleep.

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Word of the day for March 19
vaguery n
  1. (uncountable) Vagueness, the condition of being vague.
  2. (countable) A vagueness, a thing which is vague, an example of vagueness.
  3. (countable, in the plural) An eggcorn for vagaries

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Word of the day for March 20
forethoughtful adj
  1. Having or full of forethought; provident; proactive; visionary

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Word of the day for March 21
itchy trigger finger n
  1. (idiomatic) A tendency to act in haste or without consideration

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Word of the day for March 22
perfusion n
  1. (medicine) The introduction of a drug or nutrients through the bloodstream in order to reach an internal organ or tissues

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Word of the day for March 23
selah interj
  1. (biblical) A word occurring between verses or paragraphs in parts of the Hebrew Bible, namely in Habakkuk and the Psalms, perhaps indicating a pause for contemplation.
    PointingHand.svg The Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates Esther's saving of the Jewish people from slaughter, begins on this day in 2016.

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Word of the day for March 24
escapology n
  1. The study or art of escaping from a constriction, such as a rope, handcuffs, etc.
PointingHand.svg Harry Houdini, the American illusionist and stunt performer, was born on this day in 1874

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Word of the day for March 25
all Sir Garnet adj
  1. (Britain, slang, dated) in order; perfect.
    PointingHand.svg British Army officer Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, from whom the expression derives, died on this day in 1913.

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Word of the day for March 26
immolate v
  1. To kill as a sacrifice.
  2. To destroy, especially by fire

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Word of the day for March 27
paternoster n
  1. The Lord's prayer, especially in a Roman Catholic context.
    1. (archaic) A patent medicine, so named because salesmen would pray the Lord's prayer over it before selling it.
  2. (archaic) A rosary; a string of beads used in counting the prayers said.
    1. A slow, continuously moving lift or elevator consisting of a loop of open-fronted cabins running the height of a building, the arrangement resembling a rosary. The moving compartment is entered at one level and left when the desired level is reached.
    2. (architecture) A bead-like ornament in mouldings.
    3. (fishing, Australia) A tackle rig with a heavy sinker at the end of the line, and one or more hooks on traces at right angles spaced above the sinker.
      PointingHand.svg In Western Christianity, Easter falls on this day.

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Word of the day for March 28
beer n
  1. One who is or exists.
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Word of the day for March 29
primate n
  1. (ecclesiastical) In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain archbishops, or the highest-ranking bishop of a present or historical, usually political circumscription.
  2. (ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.
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Word of the day for March 30
sewer n
  1. (now historical) A servant attending at a meal who is responsible for seating arrangements, serving dishes, etc. []
  2. One who sews.
  3. A small tortricid moth the larva of which sews together the edges of a leaf using silk.
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Word of the day for March 31
teenage n
  1. (chiefly Kent dialect) Brushwood for fences and hedges.
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