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Word of the day  for April 1
snipe hunt n   help, file
  1. A prank in which a gullible victim is sent off on a fruitless search for a nonexistent item.

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Word of the day  for April 2
stick in the mud n   help, file
  1. A person unwilling to participate in activities.

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Word of the day  for April 3
wax v   help, file
  1. (of the moon) To appear larger each night as a progression from a new moon to a full moon.
  2. To grow or become.

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Word of the day  for April 4
apiary n   help, file
  1. A place where bees are kept.

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Word of the day  for April 5
retroflex adj   help, file
  1. Bent backwards.
  2. (phonetics): Of pronunciation in which the tip of the tongue is raised and bent backwards, so that the underside of the tongue is behind the alveolar ridge or touches the palate.

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Word of the day  for April 6
Dutch wife n   help, file
  1. A long body-length pillow that can be held or wrapped around one's body while sleeping.
  2. In East and Southeast Asia, a wicker or bamboo tube the size of a person for cooling use in the bed.

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Word of the day  for April 7
matrilocal adj   help, file
  1. (of a married couple) Living with the family of the wife.

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Word of the day  for April 8
prorogue v   help, file
  1. To suspend a parliamentary session or to discontinue the meetings of a parliament without formally ending the session.
  2. To defer.

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Word of the day  for April 9
omphaloskeptic n   help, file
  1. One who contemplates or meditates upon one's navel.

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Word of the day  for April 10
agley adv   help, file
  1. Wrong in the sense of awry, askew, amiss or distorted.

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Word of the day  for April 11
shoehorn v   help, file
  1. To exert great effort to insert or include something; to insert by force or extreme measures.

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Word of the day  for April 12
concomitant adj   help, file
  1. Following as a consequence, especially secondarily or incidentally.

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Word of the day  for April 13
impel v   help, file
  1. To urge a person; to press on; to incite to action or motion in any way.
  2. To drive forward; to propel an object.

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Word of the day  for April 14
persiflage n   help, file
  1. Good-natured banter; raillery.
  2. Frivolous, lighthearted discussion of a topic.

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Word of the day  for April 15
feckless adj   help, file
  1. Lacking purpose.
  2. Without skill; ineffective.

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Word of the day  for April 16
hurdy-gurdy n   help, file
  1. A medieval stringed instrument which has a droning sound.

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Word of the day  for April 17
kedge v   help, file
  1. To move a boat by tossing a small anchor in the desired direction of movement, then hauling the boat by using the anchor cable.

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Word of the day  for April 18
tantamount adj   help, file
  1. Equivalent in meaning or effect.

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Word of the day  for April 19
espalier n   help, file
  1. A horticultural technique using pruning and shaping to train the branches of a tree or shrub into a two-dimensional ornamental design, as along a wall or fence.
  2. A plant that has been shaped in this manner.

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Word of the day  for April 20
quidnunc n   help, file
  1. Someone who attempts to know all that happens, but who is not careful of the facts.

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Word of the day  for April 21
bucolic adj   help, file
  1. Rustic, pastoral, country-styled
  2. Pertaining to herdsmen or peasants.

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Word of the day  for April 22
johnnycake n   help, file
  1. (US) A dense baked or fried flatbread made of cornmeal.

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Word of the day  for April 23
shanghai v   help, file
  1. To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew.
  2. To abduct or coerce.

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Word of the day  for April 24
inclement adj   help, file
  1. Stormy, of rough weather.
  2. Merciless, unrelenting.

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Word of the day  for April 25
paraleipsis n   help, file
  1. A figure of speech in which one pretends to ignore or omit something by actually mentioning it.

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Word of the day  for April 26
dyed-in-the-wool adj   help, file
  1. (figuratively) Firmly established in a person's beliefs or habits; deeply ingrained in the nature of a person or thing.

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Word of the day  for April 27
variegated adj   help, file
  1. Streaked, spotted, or otherwise marked with a variety of color.

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Word of the day  for April 28
battology n   help, file
  1. Continual unnecessary reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas.

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Word of the day  for April 29
clamor v   help, file
  1. To cry out or demand.

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Word of the day  for April 30
garner v   help, file
  1. To earn; to acquire by virtue of ones endeavours.
  2. To accumulate something.
  3. To reap grain, gather it up, and store it in a granary.

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