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Word of the day  for July 1
snickersnee n   help, file
  1. A large knife or sword.

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2

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Word of the day  for July 2
braai v   help, file
  1. (South Africa) To grill meat over an open flame; to barbecue.

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3

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Word of the day  for July 3
ooh interj   help, file
  1. An expression of surprise.
  2. An expression of awe.
  3. A sound used to imitate a ghost.
  4. An expression of affection.

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Word of the day  for July 4
gurgitator n   help, file
  1. A competitive eater.

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5

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Word of the day  for July 5
Pyrrhic victory n   help, file
  1. A very costly victory, wherein the considerable losses outweigh the gain, so as to render the battle unfavourable.

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Word of the day  for July 6
elliptical adj   help, file
  1. In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.
  2. Of, or showing ellipsis; having a word or words omitted.

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7

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Word of the day  for July 7
hightail v   help, file
  1. To retreat quickly; to flee.

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8

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Word of the day  for July 8
the other way round adv   help, file
  1. The same but with the mentioned things or people in reverse order or position.
  2. In reversed orientation.

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9

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Word of the day  for July 9
paedomorphic adj   help, file
  1. Of, relating to, or resulting from the retention of juvenile characteristics by an adult.

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10

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Word of the day  for July 10
whirligig n   help, file
  1. Anything that whirls or spins around, such as a toy top.
  2. A whirligig beetle.

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Word of the day  for July 11
mendicant n   help, file
  1. A beggar.
  2. A religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for a living.

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Word of the day  for July 12
cenotaph n   help, file
  1. A monument erected to honour the dead whose bodies lie elsewhere.

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13

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laissez faire adj   help, file
  1. Practicing or representing governmental noninterference, or minimal interference, especially in economic affairs.

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Word of the day  for July 14
dishearten v   help, file
  1. To discourage someone by removing their enthusiasm or courage.

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15

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grotesque adj   help, file
  1. Bizarre or fantastic in appearance.
  2. Disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling.

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Word of the day  for July 16
necrophagous n   help, file
  1. That eats of dead or decaying animal flesh.

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17

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Word of the day  for July 17
retroactive adj   help, file
  1. Extending in scope, effect, application or influence to a prior time or to prior conditions.

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Word of the day  for July 18
anhedonia n   help, file
  1. (medicine, psychiatry) The inability to feel pleasure.

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19

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Word of the day  for July 19
schmooze v   help, file
  1. To talk casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.

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20

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Word of the day  for July 20
meniscus n   help, file
  1. The curved surface of liquids in tubes, whether concave or convex, caused by the surface tension of the liquid.
  2. A crescent or a body shaped like a crescent.

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Word of the day  for July 21
equable adj   help, file
  1. Unvarying, calm and steady; constant and uniform.
  2. (of temperature) Free from extremes of heat or cold.
  3. (of emotions) Not easily disturbed; tranquil.

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22

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Word of the day  for July 22
dielectric n   help, file
  1. An electrically insulating or nonconducting material.

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Word of the day  for July 23
Makemake n   help, file
  1. (mythology) The creator deity in the mythology of Easter Island.
  2. (astronomy) A dwarf planet and large Kuiper belt object, discovered in 2005.

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Word of the day  for July 24
craggy adj   help, file
  1. Characterized by rugged, sharp, or coarse features.

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Word of the day  for July 25
assimilate v   help, file
  1. To incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.
  2. To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind.
  3. To absorb a group of people into a community.

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Word of the day  for July 26
jugular adj   help, file
  1. Relating to, or located near, the neck or throat.

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Word of the day  for July 27
rubric n   help, file
  1. A heading in a book highlighted in red.
  2. A category or classification.
  3. An established rule or custom, a guideline.
  4. (education) A set of scoring criteria for evaluating student work and for giving feedback.

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Word of the day  for July 28
forbear v   help, file
  1. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from.
  2. To control oneself when provoked.

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29

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Word of the day  for July 29
simian adj   help, file
  1. Of or relating to apes.
  2. Bearing resemblance to an ape.

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30

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Word of the day  for July 30
lacuna n   help, file
  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression; a gap or vacancy.
  2. An absent part, especially in an older book or other piece of writing.

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Word of the day  for July 31
prerogative n   help, file
  1. A hereditary or official right or privilege.

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