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Word of the day for March 1
excrescence n
  1. Something, usually abnormal which grows out of something else.

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Word of the day for March 2
brobdingnagian adj
  1. enourmous, huge.

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Word of the day for March 3
coruscate v
  1. to give off light; to reflect in flashes; to sparkle or to exhibit brilliant technique or style.

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Word of the day for March 4
hypertrophy n
  1. (medicine) an increase in the size of an organ due to swelling of the individual cells.

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Word of the day for March 5
kreska n
  1. (Orthography): a diacritic closely resembling an acute accent.

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Word of the day for March 6
diacritic n
  1. A special mark added to a letter to indicate a different pronunciation, stress, tone, or meaning.

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Word of the day for March 7
myrmecology adj
  1. (zoology): The study of ants.

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Word of the day for March 8
orrery n
  1. a clockwork model of the solar system.

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Word of the day for March 9
phylogenetics n
  1. (systematics): The systematic classification of organisms based on evolutionary similarities and differences.

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Word of the day for March 10
bellicose adj
  1. Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.

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Word of the day for March 11
namby-pamby adj
  1. insipid and sentimental; spineless.

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Word of the day for March 12
amanuensis n
  1. One employed to take dictation or copy manuscripts; a clerk, secretary or stenographer.

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Word of the day for March 13
apraxia n
  1. Total or partial loss of the ability to perform coordinated movements or manipulate objects in the absence of motor or sensory impairment.

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Word of the day for March 14
avolition n
  1. Lack of initiative or goals; one of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

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Word of the day for March 15
verfremdungseffekte n
  1. Brecht's alienation effect, sometimes translated as the estrangement effect. Distance between the audience and the preformers.

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Word of the day for March 16
eleemosynary adj
  1. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity; as, an eleemosynary corporation.

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Word of the day for March 17
blarney n
  1. persuasive flattery or kind speech.

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Word of the day for March 18
tintinnabulation n.
  1. The ringing sound of a bell.

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Word of the day for March 19
lilliputian adj
  1. very small, or petty.

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Word of the day for March 20
austral adj
  1. of or relating to the south.

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Word of the day for March 21
supinate v
  1. (anatomy): To twist the forearm so as to turn the palm towards the body.

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Word of the day for March 22
swan song n
  1. a final performance or accomplishment, especially one before retirement.

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Word of the day for March 23
hagiography n
  1. A biography of a saint.

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Word of the day for March 24
kinesthesia n
  1. The perception of the position, weight and movement of the body, its limbs and muscles etc.

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Word of the day for March 25
peregrinate v
  1. To travel from place to place, especially on foot.

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Word of the day for March 26
legerdemain n
  1. Sleight of hand; "magic" trickery.

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Word of the day for March 27
palanquin n
  1. A covered type of litter for a passenger, carried by means of poles on the shoulders of four or more bearers.

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Word of the day for March 28
eschew v.
  1. To avoid, to shun.

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Word of the day for March 29
antidisestablishmentarianism n
  1. Political philosophy, opposed to the separation of church and state.

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Word of the day for March 30
sanguine adj.
  1. Red like blood, ruddy.
  2. Marked by abundant and active circulation of blood; hence, cheerful; hopeful.
  3. Warm; ardent; as, sanguine of success.

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Word of the day for March 31
pedantic adj
  1. Overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.

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