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Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/2015/March

< Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day‎ | 2015

This is the March archive of the Foreign Word of the Day for the year of 2015.

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Foreign word of the day  in Polish
jeżozwierz m, noun
  1. porcupine (literally: hedgehog beast)
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Foreign word of the day  in Abenaki
tmakwa anim, non
  1. a beaver (literally "tree-cutter": flat-tailed aquatic mammal which gnaws down trees)
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Foreign word of the day  in Classical Nahuatl
centzommāyeh anim, noun
  1. centipede (literally: owner of four hundred hands)
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Foreign word of the day  in Irish
mac tíre m, noun
  1. wolf (literally: son of the land)
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Foreign word of the day  in Portuguese
bicho geográfico m, noun
  1. (informal) either of two species of ancylostomatids (parasitic hookworms) which cause creeping eruption (literally: geographical bug)
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Foreign word of the day  in German
Meerkatze f, noun
  1. guenon (literally: sea cat)
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Foreign word of the day  in Serbo-Croatian
мѐдвјед (mèdvjed) m, noun
  1. bear (literally: honey eater)
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Foreign word of the day  in Rapa Nui
hakapei verb
  1. to slide down a slope as a sport
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Foreign word of the day  in Abau
ompiy noun
  1. grass used to make skirts
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Foreign word of the day  in Latin
aeruscō verb
  1. I get money by going about and exhibiting tricks; play the juggler
  2. (by extension) I go begging.
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Foreign word of the day  in Asturian
Surdimientu m, proper noun
  1. the rebirth of Asturian culture, especially Asturian-language literature, during the fourth quarter of the 20th century
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Foreign word of the day  in French
traluire verb
  1. (Switzerland, of ripening grapes) to become translucent
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Foreign word of the day  in Ancient Greek
κορωνίς (korōnís) f, noun
  1. something crook-beaked or curved
  2. a cow with crumpled horns
  3. anything curved or bent
  4. a wreath or garland
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Foreign word of the day  in Spanish
chacmol m, noun
  1. (archaeology) A stylized, pre-Columbian Mesoamerican stone sculpture depicting a reclining male figure with the head raised and turned to one side, holding a small tray over the stomach.
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Foreign word of the day  in Quechua
soqso noun
  1. the manner in which a duck swallows food
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Foreign word of the day  in Aragonese
amallatar verb
  1. (of cattle) to rest in the shade when it is too hot
  2. (by extension) to have a siesta
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Foreign word of the day  in Italian
paretone m, noun
  1. (archaeology) The remains of ancient dry-stone walls found around Salento
  2. a large rock face
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Foreign word of the day  in Chinese
損蕩 (sńg-tn̄g) verb
  1. (Min Nan) to make a havoc of; to devastate; to ravage
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Foreign word of the day  in Latin
palmō verb
  1. (transitive) I make the print or mark of the palm of the hand.
  2. (transitive) I tie up a vine.
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Foreign word of the day  in Asturian
duviachu m, noun
  1. (agriculture, Palacios del Sil) an irrigation canal
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Foreign word of the day  in Rapa Nui
muía verb
  1. (of flies) to swarm over something
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Foreign word of the day  in Quechua
tumi noun
  1. (historical) tumi (a ceremonial golden axe used by the pre-Columbian peoples of Peru)
  2. scalpel (small knife used in surgical procedures)
  3. (neologism) a small instrument used by bakers to scrape and collect flour
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Foreign word of the day  in Aragonese
casalizo m, noun
  1. a farm animal that is unable to undergo transhumance to the lowlands
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Foreign word of the day  in Abau
sey noun
  1. a basket or mat used to dry fish
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Foreign word of the day  in Ancient Greek
Μάγος (Mágos) m, noun
  1. (common, nonspecific) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan
  2. (common, specific) a Zoroastrian priest.
  3. (hapax) name of one of the tribes of the Medes.
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Foreign word of the day  in Egyptian
  
 
   
   
(jtrw) noun
  1. a schene, a measure of length equivalent to 20,000 mḥw, or 10.5 kilometres.
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Foreign word of the day  in Chinese
侏儒 (zhūrú) noun
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