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Word of the day  for June 1
limpid adj   help, file
  1. Clear, particularly transparent or bright.

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2

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Word of the day  for June 2
billow v   help, file
  1. To surge or roll in undulating waves.
  2. To swell out or bulge.

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3

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Word of the day  for June 3
vector n   help, file
  1. (mathematics): A directed quantity, with both magnitude and direction.
  2. A chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft.
  3. (medicine): A carrier of a disease-causing agent.

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4

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Word of the day  for June 4
rustic adj   help, file
  1. Country-styled or pastoral; rural.
  2. Rough, crude.

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5

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Word of the day  for June 5
hydroplane v   help, file
  1. To skim the surface of a body of water while moving at high speed.

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6

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Word of the day  for June 6
sesquicentennial adj   help, file
  1. Occurring every 150 years.
  2. Of, or relating to a 150 year anniversary.

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Word of the day  for June 7
oeuvre n   help, file
  1. The complete body of work created by an artist or writer.

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8

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Word of the day  for June 8
ilk n   help, file
  1. Kind, sort, type, class of people, those that resemble or behave like a certain person.

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9

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Word of the day  for June 9
solicit v   help, file
  1. To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
  2. To woo; to court.
  3. To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.

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10

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Word of the day  for June 10
equipoise n   help, file
  1. A state of balance; equilibrium.
  2. A counterbalance.

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Word of the day  for June 11
cardinal adj   help, file
  1. Of fundamental importance, as in "a cardinal rule".
  2. Describing a number used in counting, e.g., one, two, three.

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12

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Word of the day  for June 12
ballyhoo v   help, file
  1. To sensationalise or make grand claims.
  2. To shout noisily or in an uproar.

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Word of the day  for June 13
paradigm n   help, file
  1. A model or example.
  2. (grammar) The inflections of a word, often displayed as a table.
  3. A way of thinking, perceiving, or approaching work in some context.

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Word of the day  for June 14
erudite adj   help, file
  1. Learned, scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books.

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Word of the day  for June 15
poobah n   help, file
  1. A person holding multiple offices or positions of power, all at the same time.

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Word of the day  for June 16
ubiquitous adj   help, file
  1. Being everywhere at once; omnipresent.
  2. Seeming to appear everywhere at the same time.

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17

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Word of the day  for June 17
absquatulate v   help, file
  1. To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to depart.

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Word of the day  for June 18
fissiparous adj   help, file
  1. Factious, fragmenting, or tending to break into pieces.
  2. (biology): Of cells that reproduce through fission, splitting into two.

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Word of the day  for June 19
mollify v   help, file
  1. To ease a burden or make less painful; to comfort.
  2. To appease.

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20

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Word of the day  for June 20
spoonerism n   help, file
  1. A phrase in which the initial (usually consonantal) sounds of two or more of the main words are accidentally transposed.

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21

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Word of the day  for June 21
nirvana n   help, file
  1. The absence of all longing.
  2. A state of paradise; heightened or great pleasure.
  3. A blissful state attained through loss of self; enlightenment.

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Word of the day  for June 22
posthaste adv   help, file
  1. Quickly; with great rapidity.

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Word of the day  for June 23
zygodactylous adj   help, file
  1. Having two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backward.

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24

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Word of the day  for June 24
chrestomathy n   help, file
  1. A collection of written passages, used to learn an unfamiliar language.

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Word of the day  for June 25
unguent n   help, file
  1. Any cream containing medicinal ingredients applied to the skin for therapeutic purposes.

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Word of the day  for June 26
jocular adj   help, file
  1. Humorous, amusing or joking.

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Word of the day  for June 27
rorqual n   help, file
  1. Any whale with longitudinal skin folds running from below the mouth to the navel, allowing the capacity mouth to expand greatly when feeding.

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Word of the day  for June 28
tantalize v   help, file
  1. To tease someone by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach.

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Word of the day  for June 29
fascicle n   help, file
  1. A bundle.
  2. A section a book that is issued in parts.
  3. (anatomy): A bundle of skeletal muscle fibers surrounded by connective tissue.
  4. (botany): A cluster of flowers or leaves, or a bundle of vascular tissue.

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30

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Word of the day  for June 30
mondegreen n   help, file
  1. A form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase.

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