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Word of the day for October 1
concoction n
  1. The preparing of a medicine, food or other substance out of many ingredients.
  2. A mixture prepared in such a way.
  3. Something made-up, an invention.
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Word of the day for October 2
batik n
  1. A wax-resist method of dyeing fabric.

  Today is Batik Day in Indonesia in 2015.

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Word of the day for October 5
hinterland n
  1. The land immediately next to, and inland from, a coast.
  2. The rural territory surrounding an urban area, especially a port.
  3. A remote or undeveloped area, a backwater.
  4. (figuratively) That which is unknown or unexplored about someone.
  5. (figuratively) Anything vague or ill-defined, especially one that is ill understood.
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Word of the day for October 8
memoriter adv
  1. That is or has been recited from memory; that has been learned by heart.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or involved with the practice of recitation or learning by heart.
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Word of the day for October 9
fictionary n
  1. A parlor game in which participants invent definitions for an unfamiliar word found in a dictionary, and as one person reads them out, the others try to guess which one is the correct definition.
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Word of the day for October 10
yonic adj
  1. In the shape of a vulva; in the shape of a yoni.
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Word of the day for October 11
alnage n
  1. Measurement (of cloth) by the ell.
  2. A duty paid for such measurement.
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Word of the day for October 12
umami n
  1. One of the five basic tastes, the savory taste of foods such as seaweed, cured fish, aged cheeses and meats.
  2. The taste of flavor enhancers added to food to accentuate savoriness, notably monosodium glutamate.

  Today is Health and Sports Day in Japan in 2015.

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Word of the day for October 13
cenote n
  1. A deep natural well or sinkhole, especially in Central America, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes ground water underneath, and sometimes used by the ancient Mayans for sacrificial offerings.
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Word of the day for October 14
dude-bro n
  1. (slang) A hypermasculine man, especially one who is misogynist and/or homophobic.
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Word of the day for October 15
belly-timber n
  1. (archaic, now only humorous or regional) Food, provender.
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Word of the day for October 16
aureate adj
  1. Golden in color or shine.
  2. Of language: characterized by the use of (excessively) ornamental or grandiose terms, often of Latin or French origin.
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Word of the day for October 17
volute n
  1. (architecture) The spiral curve on an Ionic capital.
  2. (zoology) The spirals or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
  3. (zoology) Any marine gastropod of the family Volutidae.
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Word of the day for October 18
haecceity n
  1. (philosophy) The essence of a particular thing; those qualities that define it and make it unique.
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Word of the day for October 20
atrabilious adj
  1. (medicine, obsolete) Having an excess of black bile.
  2. Characterized by melancholy.
  3. Ill-natured; malevolent.
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Word of the day for October 21
hoverboard n
  1. (chiefly science fiction) A levitating board that can be ridden in the manner of a surfboard or skateboard.

  In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, where the term hoverboard is first used, the protagonist Marty McFly travels from 1985 into the future to 21 October 2015.

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Word of the day for October 22
allometry n
  1. (biology) The science studying the differential growth rates of the parts of a living organism's body part or process.
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Word of the day for October 23
poplit n
  1. The shallow depression (fossa) located at the back of the knee joint; the popliteal fossa or “knee pit”.
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Word of the day for October 24
manpack n
  1. (usually attributive) An object meant to be carried by a single person.
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Word of the day for October 25
nacre n
  1. (obsolete) A shellfish which contains mother-of-pearl.
  2. A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells; mother-of-pearl.
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Word of the day for October 26
specter n
  1. A ghostly apparition.

  Spectre, the 24th James Bond film by Eon Productions, premieres today in the UK.

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Word of the day for October 27
miscellany n
  1. Miscellaneous items.
  2. A collection of writings on various subjects or topics; an anthology.
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Word of the day for October 28
háček n
  1. (orthography and typography) A caron; a diacritical mark (ˇ) usually resembling an inverted circumflex, but in the cases of ď, Ľ, ľ, and ť resembling a prime () instead.

  Czechoslovakia was formed on this date in 1918.

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Word of the day for October 29
coquette n
  1. A woman who flirts or plays with men's affections.
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Word of the day for October 30
circumlocution n
  1. A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
  2. A roundabout expression.
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Word of the day for October 31
zombocalypse n
  1. (slang, fiction) The breakdown of society as a result of a zombie outbreak.
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