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1

 

Word of the day for February 1
cascabel n
  1. A small, round, hot variety of chili pepper, Capsicum annuum, which rattles when dry.
  2. A knob at the end of a cannon, cast onto the gunbarrel, to which ropes are attached in order to control recoil

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2

 

Word of the day for February 2
amerce v
  1. (transitive) To impose a fine on; to fine

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3

 

Word of the day for February 3
proppant n
  1. Sand or similar particulate material suspended in water or other fluid and used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to keep fissures open

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4

 

Word of the day for February 4
blemish n
  1. A small flaw which spoils the appearance of something, a stain, a spot.
  2. A moral defect; a character flaw

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5

 

Word of the day for February 5
comestible adj
  1. Suitable to be eaten; edible

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6

 

Word of the day for February 6
galactagogue n
  1. A substance that induces lactation

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7

 

Word of the day for February 7
conlanger n
  1. Someone who creates constructed languages (conlangs)

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8

 

Word of the day for February 8
nunatak n
  1. A mountain top or rocky element of a ridge that is surrounded by glacial ice but is not covered by ice; a peak protruding from the surface ice sheet

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9

 

Word of the day for February 9
set the Thames on fire v
  1. (idiomatic) To achieve something amazing; to do something which brings great public acclaim

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10

 

Word of the day for February 10
ophidian adj
  1. Of or pertaining to the suborder Serpentes; of, related to, or characteristic of a snake or serpent

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11

 

Word of the day for February 11
gourmandise v
  1. To eat food in a gluttonous manner; to gorge; to make a pig of oneself

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12

 

Word of the day for February 12
snappish adj

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13

 

Word of the day for February 13
troika n
  1. A Russian carriage drawn by a team of three horses abreast.
  2. A party or group of three

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14

 

Word of the day for February 14
elope v
  1. (intransitive, of an unmarried person) To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one's intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement

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15

 

Word of the day for February 15
bridge the gap v
  1. (idiomatic) To serve as or create a connection between two disconnected or disparate things

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16

 

Word of the day for February 16
treknobabble n
  1. A kind of technobabble particular to the Star Trek universe, with a particularly heavy emphasis on configurations of pseudoscientific particles and waves

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17

 

Word of the day for February 17
bebother v
  1. To bring trouble upon

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18

 

Word of the day for February 18
artisanal adj
  1. Of or pertaining to artisans or the work of artisans.
  2. Involving skilled work, with comparatively little reliance on machinery.
  3. (of an item, especially a foodstuff) Made by an artisan (skilled worker)

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19

 

Word of the day for February 19
tor n
  1. (South-West England) A hill

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20

 

Word of the day for February 20
take a flyer v
  1. (idiomatic) To make a choice with an uncertain outcome; to take a chance

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21

 

Word of the day for February 21
jump the shark v
  1. (idiomatic, of a television program or other narrative) To undergo a storyline development which heralds a fundamental and generally disappointing change in direction.
  2. (more generally) To experience a decline in quality, appeal, popularity, etc

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22

 

Word of the day for February 22
fugacious adj

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23

 

Word of the day for February 23
salami tactics n
  1. The piecemeal removal or scaling back of something (especially political opposition); a gradual attack on an opposing position, group, etc

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24

 

Word of the day for February 24
technopeasant n
  1. (informal) One who is disadvantaged or exploited within a modern technological society, especially through inability to use computer technology

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25

 

Word of the day for February 25
king's ransom n
  1. (idiomatic) A very large sum of money

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26

 

Word of the day for February 26
beaver away v
  1. (idiomatic) To work hard at a task

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27

 

Word of the day for February 27
dystocia n
  1. (medicine, veterinary medicine) A slow or difficult labour or delivery

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28

 

Word of the day for February 28
compere n
  1. (chiefly UK) A master of ceremonies in a television, variety or quiz show. Also used more generally for any master of ceremonies

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