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Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/2018/December

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This is the December archive of the Foreign Word of the Day for the year of 2018.

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Foreign word of the day  in Latin
gallicinium n, noun
  1. The period of the early morning when roosters begin to crow.
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Foreign word of the day  in Yiddish
צינדן (tsindn) verb
  1. light, kindle (start a fire)
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Foreign word of the day  in Egyptian
   
 
(jz) m, noun
  1. tomb (including both walled structures and rock tombs)
  2. administrative chamber, bureau
  3. workshop, especially for the preparation of ointments
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Foreign word of the day  in German
Kopfputz m, noun
  1. A headdress, head finery, especially of women, or regal finery like a crown.
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Foreign word of the day  in Arabic
سِخَاب (siḵāb) m, noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Czech
bek noun and interjection
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Foreign word of the day  in Ancient Greek
ῥόμβος (rhómbos) m, noun
  1. bullroarer, an instrument whirled on the end of a string
  2. anything which may be turned or spun
  3. top (a kind of toy)
  4. magical wheel used by magicians
  5. (geometry) rhombus
  6. a surgeon's bandage
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Foreign word of the day  in Classical Nahuatl
ōllama verb
  1. to play with a rubber ball, especially in the ritual ball game of ōllamaliztli
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Foreign word of the day  in Chinese
智牙 (zhìyá) noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Esperanto
bonantagulo noun
  1. (slang, derogatory) someone whose Esperanto is limited to a few basic phrases like bonan tagon (good day).
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Foreign word of the day  in Portuguese
sebo m, noun
  1. (Brazil) a store where used media (especially books, but also CDs, vinyl records, magazines and such) are sold
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Foreign word of the day  in Swedish
dygna verb
  1. To stay awake for twenty-four hours.
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Foreign word of the day  in Japanese
団子 (dango) noun
  1. dango (a round sticky dumpling made from flour)
  2. an inefficient clump of stones in the game of go
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Foreign word of the day  in Icelandic
jólabókaflóð n, noun
  1. The “Christmas book flood”; the multitude of books (especially newly published books) available in shops in the weeks before Christmas in Iceland.
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Foreign word of the day  in Catalan
tió de Nadal m, noun
  1. A traditional Catalan Christmas character, made of a log that is beaten until it "defecates" gifts.
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Foreign word of the day  in Italian
cavolo riscaldato m, noun
  1. something old, outdated or obsolete displayed as if it were new (literally “reheated cabbage)
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Foreign word of the day  in Zulu
-pháka verb
  1. to serve food, dish up, ladle out
  2. to distribute, allot
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Foreign word of the day  in Finnish
uudenvuodentina noun
  1. metal cast for purposes of molybdomancy on New Year's Eve as part of a common practice in Nordic and German-speaking countries, originally tin but now often lead
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