Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/2020/August

This is the August archive of the Foreign Word of the Day for the year of 2020.

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Foreign word of the day  in Middle English
placebo noun
  1. (Christianity) The vespers sung in the office for the dead.
  2. Talk for buttering someone up, making them sycophantic or pleasing them.
  3. A representation or exemplar of adulation or sycophancy.
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Foreign word of the day  in Vietnamese
xoa verb
  1. to rub (to move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area)
  2. to smear, to rub
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Foreign word of the day  in Arabic
حبارى (ḥubārā) noun, f
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Foreign word of the day  in Turkish
yürümek verb
  1. (intransitive) to walk.
  2. (intransitive) to march, move forward, go forward, go on, advance.
  3. (intransitive) to make haste, hurry, go quickly.
  4. (intransitive) to function, work, run.
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Foreign word of the day  in Swedish
råttan i pizzan c, noun
  1. # An urban legend about a pizzeria serving rat meat to unaware customers
  2. (transferred sense) A book by Bengt af Klintberg about urban legends
  3. (transferred sense) An urban legend
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Foreign word of the day  in Thai
ส่งไม้ต่อ (sòng-máai-dtɔ̀ɔ) verb
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Foreign word of the day  in Kikuyu
gĩcicio class 7, noun
  1. mirror
  2. pane (for windows, doors, etc.)
  3. (in the plural) eyeglasses
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Foreign word of the day  in Czech
kruchý adjective
  1. (rare, literary) brittle, crumbly
  2. (obsolete) (of food) crisp
  3. (obsolete) (of soil) solid, firm, (of stones) hard, (of bread) stale
  4. (mineralogy) brittle
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Foreign word of the day  in Mansi
ха̄р (χār) noun
  1. male animal
  2. male moose
  3. stallion
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Foreign word of the day  in Dutch
besteedster f, noun
  1. (historical) A woman working as an employment agent for maidservants or wetnurses, sometimes also for manservants.
  2. (dated) A family roof, an old-fashioned large model of umbrella made of cotton fabric (against rain).
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Foreign word of the day  in Sanskrit
पर्वत (párvata) m, noun
  1. mountain, mountain range, height, hill, rock
  2. an artificial mound or heap (of grain, salt, silver, gold etc. presented to Brahmans)
  3. the number 7 (from the 7 principal mountain-ranges)
  4. a fragment of rock, stone
  5. a (mountain-like) cloud
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Foreign word of the day  in Vietnamese
lảng verb, adjective
  1. to sneak away; to take French leave
  2. to digress; to try to avoid talking about something; to turn away
  3. (Central Vietnam, Southern Vietnam) hard of hearing due to old age
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Foreign word of the day  in German
Kegel m, noun
  1. skittle, ninepin, bowling pin; pin [from 13th c.]
  2. (by extension) any heap or peak of conical or pyramidal shape, especially of feces, hay, brushwood, of mountains and of the tip of a helmet [from 14th c.]
  3. (mathematics) cone [from 18th c.]
  4. (obsolete) ruffian, bastard (illegitimate son)
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Foreign word of the day  in Chinese
插科打諢 (chākēdǎhùn) verb
  1. to jest; to joke; to tell a joke; to crack a joke; to wisecrack
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Foreign word of the day  in Ancient Greek
κρῑ́βᾰνος (krī́banos) m, noun
  1. covered earthen vessel, wherein bread was baked by putting hot embers round it
  2. funnel-shaped vessel, used for drawing water
  3. underground channel or vaulted passage, in irrigation works
  4. hollow, cavern in a rock
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Foreign word of the day  in Esperanto
ĉiĉeroni verb
  1. (intransitive) to act as a tour guide
  2. (transitive) to guide (as a tour guide); to show around
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Foreign word of the day  in Finnish
lankous noun
  1. family relationship between a person and his/her spouse's brother
  2. (law) affinity (family relationship through marriage, especially that above)
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Foreign word of the day  in Egyptian
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(grgt) f, noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Middle French
despouiller verb
  1. to skin (an animal)
  2. (figuratively) to strip away, to remove
  3. to undress (someone)
  4. (reflexive, se despouiller) to undress to get undressed
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Foreign word of the day  in Hindi
विषम (viṣam) adjective
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Foreign word of the day  in Armenian
միթե (mitʿe) particle
  1. is it possible? could it be so? whether? really?
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Foreign word of the day  in French
nature morte f, noun
  1. still life (work of art)
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Foreign word of the day  in Malay
merdeka or مرديکadjective
  1. free; the state of being liberated
  2. (of a polity) independent (not ruled by others)
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