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Word of the day  for May 1
scapegoat n   help, file
  1. Someone punished for the error or errors of someone else.
  2. (originally) In the Mosaic Day of Atonement ritual, a goat symbolically imbued with the sins of the people, and sent out alive into the wilderness while another was sacrificed.

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Word of the day  for May 2
derisive adj   help, file
  1. Expressing or characterized by derision; mocking; ridiculing.
  2. Deserving or provoking derision or ridicule.

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Word of the day  for May 3
isomer n   help, file
  1. (chemistry) Any of two or more compounds with the same molecular formula but with different structure.

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Word of the day  for May 4
palpable adj   help, file
  1. Capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible.
  2. Obvious or easily perceived; noticeable.

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Word of the day  for May 5
conflate v   help, file
  1. To bring things together and fuse them into a single entity.

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Word of the day  for May 6
madeleine n   help, file
  1. A small gateau or sponge cake, often shaped like an elongated scallop shell.
  2. Something which brings back a memory; a source of nostalgia or evocative memories.

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Word of the day  for May 7
rife adj   help, file
  1. Widespread, common (especially of unpleasant or harmful things).
  2. Abounding; present in large numbers, plentiful.

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Word of the day  for May 8
forevermore adv   help, file
  1. At any or all times in the future; forever.

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9

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Word of the day  for May 9
bovine adj   help, file
  1. Of, or pertaining to, cattle.
  2. Sluggish, stupid.

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10

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Word of the day  for May 10
spearhead v   help, file
  1. To drive or campaign ardently for.

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Word of the day  for May 11
jovial adj   help, file
  1. Merry; cheerful and good-humored.
  2. (astrology, obsolete) Under the influence of the planet Jupiter (considered a source of happiness).

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Word of the day  for May 12
prosody n   help, file
  1. (linguistics) The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse or speech.

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Word of the day  for May 13
hypercube n   help, file
  1. (geometry) A geometric figure which is analogous to a cube in three dimensions.
  2. A tesseract.

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Word of the day  for May 14
bemuse v   help, file
  1. To confuse or bewilder.

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Word of the day  for May 15
avuncular adj   help, file
  1. In the manner of an uncle, pertaining to an uncle.
  2. (hence) Kind, genial, benevolent, or tolerant.

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Word of the day  for May 16
cricket n   help, file
  1. An insect in the order Orthoptera that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.
  2. A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven.

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17

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Word of the day  for May 17
tourniquet n   help, file
  1. A tightly-compressed bandage used to stop bleeding by stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb.

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18

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Word of the day  for May 18
unanimous adj   help, file
  1. Based on unanimity, complete assent or agreement.
  2. Sharing the same views or opinions, and being in complete harmony or accord.

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Word of the day  for May 19
deluge n   help, file
  1. A great flood or rain.
  2. An overwhelming amount of something.

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20

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Word of the day  for May 20
inundate v   help, file
  1. To cover with large amounts of water; to flood.
  2. To overwhelm.

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21

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Word of the day  for May 21
riptide n   help, file
  1. A strong flow of water away from the shore of the ocean.
  2. A confusing situation in which a person is overwhelmed.

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22

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Word of the day  for May 22
nuptial adj   help, file
  1. Of or pertaining to wedding and marriage.
  2. Capable, or characteristic, of breeding.

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23

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Word of the day  for May 23
toboggan n   help, file
  1. A light sled, originally flat-bottomed and with no runners.
  2. (southern US) A winter hat.

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24

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Word of the day  for May 24
pilfer v   help, file
  1. To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft.

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Word of the day  for May 25
cornucopia n   help, file
  1. An abundance or plentiful supply.
  2. (originally) A mythical goat's horn, endlessly overflowing with fruit, flowers and grain, or full of whatever its owner wanted.

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Word of the day  for May 26
subsequently adv   help, file
  1. Following, afterwards in either time or place.

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Word of the day  for May 27
accede v   help, file
  1. To agree or assent to a proposal or a view.
  2. To join a group by agreement; to become part of.

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Word of the day  for May 28
misogyny n   help, file
  1. The hatred of, or pathological aversion to women.

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29

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Word of the day  for May 29
leer v   help, file
  1. To look, often sideways, with sexual desire or malicious intent.

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30

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Word of the day  for May 30
obsequious adj   help, file
  1. Fawning or subservient.
  2. Excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions.

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31

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Word of the day  for May 31
edelweiss n   help, file
  1. A European perennial alpine plant having downy leaves and small white flower heads in a dense cluster.

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