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Word of the day
for May 11
waif n
  1. (Britain, law, archaic) Often in the form waif and stray, waifs and strays: an article of movable property found of which the owner is not known, such as goods washed up on a beach or thrown away by an absconding thief; such items belong to the Crown, which may grant the right of ownership to them to a lord of a manor.
  2. (figuratively)
    1. Something found, especially if without an owner; something which comes along, as it were, by chance.
    2. A person (especially a child) who is homeless and without means of support; also, a person excluded from society; an outcast.
    3. (by extension) A very thin person.
    4. (by extension, botany) A plant introduced in a place outside its native range but is not persistently naturalized.

[...]

  1. (nautical, chiefly whaling, historical) A small flag used as a signal.

[...]

  1. Something (such as clouds or smoke) carried aloft by the wind.

waif v

  1. (intransitive) To be cast aside or rejected, and thus become a waif.
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Although there were several early attempts to begin a Word of the Day on Wiktionary, the first official WOTD was posted on 10 January 2006.

Considerable opposition to the now wildly popular WOTD was raised, as it was felt that one full year’s supply of terms should be prepared before it appeared on the Main Page. That took over a year to happen.

In 2007, the RSS feed was created, then an alternate feed (no longer operational) was later added. In July and August 2007, the WOTD was added to the Wikimedia Daily Article Mailing List.

Also in early 2007, the entries started being marked with {{was wotd}} to prevent duplicates, and an alphabetic index (no longer updated) was added.

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