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Word of the day for October 1
mosquito bite n
  1. (chiefly in the plural, slang, potentially offensive) A small breast of a woman. []
    PointingHand.svg October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.

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pareve adj
  1. (Judaism) Of food: that has no meat or milk in any form as an ingredient.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Neutral, bland, inoffensive.
    PointingHand.svg Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset today in 2016.

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predominance n
  1. The condition or state of being predominant; ascendancy, domination, preeminence, preponderance.

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Sputnik moment n
  1. The moment when a country or a society realizes that it needs to catch up with apparent technological and scientific developments made by some other country or countries by increasing its investment into education, innovative research and development, etc.
    PointingHand.svg On this day in 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, into space, triggering the Space Race between it and the United States.

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tutelary adj
  1. Having guardianship or protection.
  2. Of or pertaining to guardians.
  3. Having the qualities of a tutor.
    PointingHand.svg Today is World Teachers' Day. A big “thank you” to all teachers for their hard work!

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flack v
  1. To publicise, to promote.

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John Hancock n
  1. (idiomatic) One's signature.
    PointingHand.svg American merchant and statesman John Hancock, who was the first person to sign the United States Declaration of Independence with his elaborate and prominent signature, died on this day in 1793.

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Word of the day for October 9
fictionary n
  1. A parlor game in which participants invent definitions for an unfamiliar word found in a dictionary, and as one person reads them out, the others try to guess which one is the correct definition.

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Word of the day for October 10
yonic adj
  1. In the shape of a vulva; in the shape of a yoni.

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alnage n
  1. Measurement (of cloth) by the ell.
  2. A duty paid for such measurement.

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mantilla n
  1. A lace veil of Spanish origin worn over a woman's hair and shoulders.
  2. A woman's light cloak or cape made of silk, velvet, lace, or other material.
    PointingHand.svg Today is the Fiesta Nacional de España, the national day of Spain which celebrates Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492.

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cenote n
  1. A deep natural well or sinkhole, especially in Central America, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes ground water underneath, and sometimes used by the ancient Mayans for sacrificial offerings.

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sich n
  1. (historical) An administrative and military centre for the Zaporozhian and Danube Cossacks.
    PointingHand.svg Today is Defender of Ukraine Day, which was first celebrated in 2015 following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

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pip pip interj
  1. (Britain, colloquial) A general greeting, mostly used by the upper classes.
  2. (Britain, colloquial) Used to create enthusiasm, mostly by the upper classes.
    PointingHand.svg English author P. G. Wodehouse was born on this day in 1881.

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food desert n
  1. Somewhere where food, especially healthy food, is difficult to obtain.
    PointingHand.svg Today is World Food Day.

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volute n
  1. (architecture) The spiral curve on an Ionic capital.
  2. (zoology) The spirals or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
  3. (zoology) Any marine gastropod of the family Volutidae.

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haecceity n
  1. (philosophy) The essence of a particular thing; those qualities that define it and make it unique.

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Pullman n
  1. (rail transport, US) A railroad passenger car; especially one of the luxurious ones named after the eponymous Pullman Palace Car Company.
  2. A train made up of Pullman coaches.
    PointingHand.svg American engineer and industrialist George Pullman, who founded the Pullman Palace Car Company, died on this day in 1897.

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atrabilious adj
  1. (medicine, obsolete) Having an excess of black bile.
  2. Characterized by melancholy.
  3. Ill-natured; malevolent.

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Word of the day for October 21
hoverboard n
  1. (chiefly science fiction) A levitating board that can be ridden in the manner of a surfboard or skateboard.
    PointingHand.svg In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, where the term hoverboard is first used, the protagonist Marty McFly travels from 1985 into the future to 21 October 2015.

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allometry n
  1. (biology) The science studying the differential growth rates of the parts of a living organism's body part or process.

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atom n
  1. (now historical) The smallest medieval unit of time, equal to fifteen ninety-fourths of a second. [from 10th c.]
  2. (history of science) A hypothetical particle posited by Greek philosophers as an ultimate and indivisible component of matter. [from 15th c.]
  3. (chemistry, physics) The smallest possible amount of matter which still retains its identity as a chemical element, now known to consist of a nucleus surrounded by electrons. [from 16th c.]
  4. (now generally regarded figuratively) The smallest, indivisible constituent part or unit of something. [from 17th c.]
  5. A mote of dust in a sunbeam. [from 16th c.]
  6. A very small amount (of something immaterial); a whit. [from 17th c.]
  7. (computing, programming, Lisp) An individual number or symbol, as opposed to a list; a scalar value.
  8. (mathematics) A non-zero member of a Boolean algebra that is not a union of any other elements. [from 20th c.]
    PointingHand.svg The DC Comics title Justice League of America made its debut this month in 1960.

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batman n
  1. (historical) A unit of mass used in the Ottoman Empire and among Turkic peoples of the Russian Empire, the value of which varied from place to place throughout history. In the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century it was equal to six okas (16 pounds 8 ounces avoirdupois; 7.484 kilograms), and when the Turkish system of weights and measures was metricated in 1931 the oka was fixed at 1 kilogram and the batman at 10 okas (10 kilograms).
    PointingHand.svg The DC Comics title Justice League of America made its debut this month in 1960.

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flash v
  1. To briefly illuminate a scene.
  2. To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
  3. To be visible briefly. []
  4. (transitive, intransitive, informal) To briefly, and in most cases inadvertently, expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public. (Contrast streak.)
  5. (figuratively) To break forth like a sudden flood of light; to show a momentary brilliance.
  6. To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.
  7. To communicate quickly.
  8. To move, or cause to move, suddenly.
  9. (transitive) To telephone a person, only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back. []
    PointingHand.svg The DC Comics title Justice League of America made its debut this month in 1960.

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superman n
  1. (chiefly philosophy) An imagined superior type of human being representing a new stage of human development; an übermensch, an overman.
  2. A person of extraordinary or seemingly superhuman powers.
  3. (plural supermans) A motorcycling stunt in which the rider releases both hands from the handlebars in mid-air.
    PointingHand.svg The DC Comics title Justice League of America made its debut this month in 1960.

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Wonder Woman n
  1. (by extension of the proper noun) A woman of extraordinary powers; a superwoman.
    PointingHand.svg The DC Comics title Justice League of America made its debut this month in 1960.

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greeking n
  1. (typography) Nonsense text that is inserted into a document to create a dummy layout, or to demonstrate a type font.
    PointingHand.svg Today is Ohi Day (Anniversary of the “No”) in Greece, which marks the rejection by Ioannis Metaxas of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s ultimatum in 1940 during World War II to allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory.

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Word of the day for October 29
coquette n
  1. A woman who flirts or plays with men's affections.

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Word of the day for October 30
circumlocution n
  1. A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
  2. A roundabout expression.

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Word of the day for October 31
barghest n
  1. (mythology, Britain) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess large teeth and claws, and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
  2. (mythology, Britain) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
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