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1

 

Word of the day for July 1
metrology n
  1. The science of weights and measures or of measurement.
  2. A system of weights and measures
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2

 

Word of the day for July 2
whodunit n
  1. A novel or drama concerning a crime (usually a murder) in which a detective solves clues to determine the perpetrator
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3

 

Word of the day for July 3
excoriate v
  1. To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
  2. To strongly denounce or censure
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4

 

Word of the day for July 4
inalienable adj
  1. Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another
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5

 

Word of the day for July 5
progenitor n
  1. Any of a person's direct ancestors; an individual from whom one or more people are descended.
  2. A predecessor of something.
  3. Someone who originates or founds something
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6

 

Word of the day for July 6
gurgle v
  1. To flow with a bubbling sound.
  2. To make such a sound
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7

 

Word of the day for July 7
tectiform adj
  1. Roof-shaped; sloping downwards on two sides from a raised center
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8

 

Word of the day for July 8
oilskin n
  1. Cloth made from cotton and treated with oil and pigment to make it waterproof.
  2. A raincoat made from cotton fabric treated this way.
  3. (by extension) Foul-weather gear worn by sailors, whether of natural or synthetic materials
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9

 

Word of the day for July 9
cadre n
  1. A frame or framework.
  2. (military) The framework or skeleton upon which a regiment is to be formed; the officers of a regiment forming the staff.
  3. The core of a managing group
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10

 

Word of the day for July 10
purport v
  1. To convey, imply, or profess outwardly.
  2. To intend
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11

 

Word of the day for July 11
aflutter adj
  1. In a state of excited anticipation or confusion
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12

 

Word of the day for July 12
heirloom n
  1. A valued possession that has been passed down through the generations.
  2. A crop variety that has been passed down through generations of farmers by seed saving and cultivation
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13

 

Word of the day for July 13
right as rain adj
  1. Very good; healthy.
  2. Correct; factually accurate
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14

 

Word of the day for July 14
inculcate v
  1. To teach by repeated instruction.
  2. To induce understanding or a particular sentiment
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15

 

Word of the day for July 15
doppelganger n
  1. A ghostly double of a living person, especially one that haunts such a person.
  2. An evil twin.
  3. A remarkably similar double
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16

 

Word of the day for July 16
haphazard adj
  1. Random, chaotic, incomplete; not thorough, constant or consistent
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17

 

Word of the day for July 17
susurrus n
  1. (literary) A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur
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18

 

Word of the day for July 18
unbosom v
  1. To tell someone about one's troubles, and thus obtain relief.
  2. To confess a misdeed
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19

 

Word of the day for July 19
legwork n
  1. (idiomatic) Work, especially research, that involves significant walking, travel, or similar effort
  2. Skillful or vigorous use of the legs, as in dance or sports
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20

 

Word of the day for July 20
cavil v
  1. To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons
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21

 

Word of the day for July 21
untoward adj
  1. Unfavourable, adverse, or disadvantageous.
  2. Unruly, troublesome.
  3. Unseemly, improper
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22

 

Word of the day for July 22
shibboleth n
  1. A word, especially seen as a test, to distinguish someone as belonging to a particular nation, class, profession etc.
  2. A common or longstanding belief, custom, or catchphrase associated with a particular group, especially one with little current meaning or truth
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23

 

Word of the day for July 23
manitou n
  1. A god or spirit as the object of religious awe or ritual among some American Indians
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24

 

Word of the day for July 24
lahar n
  1. A volcanic mudflow
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25

 

Word of the day for July 25
bat an eyelid v
  1. (idiomatic) To react in any slight way; to respond
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26

 

Word of the day for July 26
dulcet adj
  1. Sweet, especially when describing voice or tones; melodious.
  2. Generally pleasing; agreeable
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27

 

Word of the day for July 27
junta n
  1. A council or assembly; especially, the grand council of state in Spain.
  2. The ruling council of a military dictatorship
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28

 

Word of the day for July 28
nostrify v
  1. To nostrificate; to grant recognition to a degree from a foreign university.
  2. To adopt, accept, or include as part of one's own culture
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29

 

Word of the day for July 29
bistro n
  1. A small European-style restaurant.
  2. A small bar
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30

 

Word of the day for July 30
fecund adj
  1. Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.
  2. (figuratively) Leading to new ideas or innovation
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31

 

Word of the day for July 31
zilch n
  1. Nothing; zero
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