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Word of the day  for December 1
nimbus n   help, file
  1. A circle of light; halo.
  2. A gray rain cloud.

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Word of the day  for December 2
yonder adv   help, file
  1. In an indicated place; over there.

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Word of the day  for December 3
fastidious adj   help, file
  1. Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details.
  2. Overly concerned about tidiness and cleanliness.

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Word of the day  for December 4
arbitrary adj   help, file
  1. Determined by impulse rather than reason.
  2. Chosen for no reason or at random.

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5

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Word of the day  for December 5
prevaricate v   help, file
  1. To evade the truth; to waffle or be intentionally ambiguous.
  2. To speak with equivocation; to shuffle; to quibble.

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Word of the day  for December 6
lugubrious adj   help, file
  1. Gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.

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Word of the day  for December 7
segue v   help, file
  1. To move smoothly from one state or subject to another.
  2. (music) To make a smooth transition from one theme to another .

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8

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Word of the day  for December 8
emaciated adj   help, file
  1. Thin or haggard, especially from hunger or disease; weak from being malnourished.

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Word of the day  for December 9
optimize v   help, file
  1. To make (something) optimal; to make the best that is possible.
  2. To make something more efficient.

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Word of the day  for December 10
inchoate adj   help, file
  1. Recently started but not fully formed yet; only elementary or immature.

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Word of the day  for December 11
extemporise v   help, file
  1. To do something, particularly to perform or speak, without prior planning or thought; to act in an impromptu manner; to improvise.

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Word of the day  for December 12
lexicon n   help, file
  1. (linguistics) A dictionary that includes or focuses on vocabulary.
  2. A dictionary of Classical Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or Aramaic.
  3. The vocabulary employed by or known to an individual.

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13

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Word of the day  for December 13
knock on wood v   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) An action taken or referred to ward off some misfortune that is discussed but has not happened yet.

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Word of the day  for December 14
pectinate adj   help, file
  1. Resembling a comb.

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Word of the day  for December 15
shako n   help, file
  1. (From Hungarian csákó): A stiff cylindrical military dress hat with a metal plate in front, a short visor, and a plume.

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Word of the day  for December 16
paddy n   help, file
  1. (From Malay padi): An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown.

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Word of the day  for December 17
robot n   help, file
  1. (From Czech and Slovak robota): A machine that resembles humans in shape or function.

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Word of the day  for December 18
capoeira n   help, file
  1. (From Portuguese): A martial art developed in Brazil.

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Word of the day  for December 19
hoi polloi n   help, file
  1. (From Ancient Greek οἱ πολλοί): The common people; the masses.

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20

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Word of the day  for December 20
brogue n   help, file
  1. (From Irish Gaelic bróg): A strong dialectal accent, especially a strong Irish accent.

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21

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Word of the day  for December 21
geronimo interj   help, file
  1. (After Chiricahua Goyaałé): A cry shouted before jumping out of or into something.

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Word of the day  for December 22
kabuki n   help, file
  1. (From Japanese 歌舞伎): A form of Japanese theatre in which elaborately costumed male performers use stylized movements, dances, and songs to enact tragedies and comedies.

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23

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Word of the day  for December 23
chocolate n   help, file
  1. (From Nahuatl chocolatl): A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans.

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Word of the day  for December 24
tundra n   help, file
  1. (From Kildin Sami tūndar): A flat and treeless arctic region.

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Word of the day  for December 25
Hanukkah n   help, file
  1. (From Hebrew חנוכה): A Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabees.

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Word of the day  for December 26
pariah n   help, file
  1. (From Tamil paraiyar): An outcast.
  2. A demographic group or community that is generally despised.

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Word of the day  for December 27
zero num   help, file
  1. (From Arabic صفر): The number that denotes no quantity or amount at all.

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Word of the day  for December 28
ogonek n   help, file
  1. (From Polish "little tail"): A hook-shaped diacritical mark attached underneath a vowel to indicate nasalization.

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Word of the day  for December 29
juggernaut n   help, file
  1. (From Hindustani जगन्नाथ): A literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable.

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Word of the day  for December 30
abalone n   help, file
  1. (From Ohlone aulon): An edible univalve mollusc having a shell lined with mother-of-pearl.

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Word of the day  for December 31
wiki n   help, file
  1. (From Hawaiian wikiwiki): A website based on any kind of Wiki software which enables users to add to, edit, and delete from the site’s content quickly.

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