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Word of the day for March 1
nocturne n
  1. A work of art relating or dedicated to the night.
  2. (music) A dreamlike or pensive composition, usually for the piano.

  Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, who composed 21 nocturnes including the best-known Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2, was probably born on this day in 1810.

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Word of the day for March 2
parterre n
  1. (horticulture) A flowerbed, particularly an elevated one.
  2. (horticulture) A garden with paths between such flowerbeds.
  3. (theater) A part of the section of theater seats located on the ground floor, on the same level as the orchestra.
    1. The part of the ground-floor section nearest the orchestra and the stage; the stalls.
    2. (Britain) The part of the ground-floor section behind the stalls and underneath the galleries; the pit.
  4. (theater, by extension) That part of a theater audience seated in the parterre, sometimes regarded as belonging to a lower social class.
  5. (US, New York) An apartment balcony.
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Word of the day for March 4
prophylactic n
  1. A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive.
  2. (US) Specifically, a prophylactic condom.
  3. (figuratively) Any device or mechanism intended to prevent harmful consequences.

  Julius Fromm, the inventor of a process for making condoms from liquefied rubber, was born on this day in 1883.

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Word of the day for March 5
mesmerism n
  1. The method or power of gaining control over someone's personality or actions, as in hypnosis or suggestion.

  German physician Franz Mesmer died on this day in 1815.

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Word of the day for March 6
perquisite n
  1. (mostly plural) Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
  2. A gratuity.
  3. A privilege or possession held or claimed exclusively by a certain person, group or class.
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Word of the day for March 7
denude v
  1. To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip.
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Word of the day for March 10
quiescent adj
  1. Inactive, quiet, at rest.
  2. (grammar) Not sounded; silent.
  3. (cell biology) Non-proliferating.
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Word of the day for March 11
propitious adj
  1. Favorable; benevolent.
  2. (archaic) Favorably disposed towards someone.
  3. Advantageous.
  4. Characteristic of a good omen; auspicious.
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Word of the day for March 12
purpurous adj
  1. (archaic) Purple.

  British chemist William Henry Perkin, who accidentally discovered mauveine, the first aniline dye, was born on this day in 1838.

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Word of the day for March 13
aposiopesis n
  1. (rhetoric) An abrupt breaking-off in speech, often indicated in print using an ellipsis () or an em dash ().
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Word of the day for March 14
ad infinitum adj
  1. Endlessly; for ever; neverendingly.

  Today is Pi Day, and also the birth anniversary of German-born scientist Albert Einstein, who was born in 1879.

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Word of the day for March 16
Scotch mist n
  1. (Britain) A cold and penetrating mist, verging on rain.
  2. (Britain, dialectal, chiefly Lancashire and Yorkshire, idiomatic) Something that is hard to find or does not exist.
  3. A drink of Scotch whisky served with ice and lemon peel.
  4. (botany) The perennial flowering plant Galium sylvaticum.


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Word of the day for March 18
saw gourds v
  1. (chiefly late-19th-century US slang, intransitive) To snore very loudly.

  Today is World Sleep Day in 2016, which celebrates the benefits of good and healthy sleep.

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Word of the day for March 19
dog in the manger n
  1. One who denies to others what he cannot use himself.
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Word of the day for March 20
paradoxical frog n
  1. Pseudis paradoxa, a species of frog unusual because it is larger as a tadpole (up to 25 cm or 10 in long) than as an adult (about a quarter of that length).

  Today, the March equinox in 2016, is designated by some as World Frog Day.

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Word of the day for March 22
pseudometeorite n
  1. A rock that is initially believed to be a meteorite, but is in fact terrestrial in origin.
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Word of the day for March 23
selah interj
  1. (biblical) A word occurring between verses or paragraphs in parts of the Hebrew Bible, namely in Habakkuk and the Psalms, perhaps indicating a pause for contemplation.

  The Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates Esther's saving of the Jewish people from slaughter, begins on this day in 2016.

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Word of the day for March 24
escapology n
  1. The study or art of escaping from a constriction, such as a rope, handcuffs, etc.

  Harry Houdini, the American illusionist and stunt performer, was born on this day in 1874.

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Word of the day for March 25
all Sir Garnet adj
  1. (Britain, slang, dated) in order; perfect.

  British Army officer Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, from whom the expression derives, died on this day in 1913.

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Word of the day for March 26
swear on a stack of Bibles n
  1. (idiomatic) To make a promise or give an assurance with great conviction.

  Holy Saturday falls on this day in 2016.

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Word of the day for March 27
paternoster n
  1. (Christianity) The Lord's prayer, especially in a Roman Catholic context.
  2. A slow, continuously moving lift or elevator consisting of a loop of open-fronted cabins running the height of a building, the arrangement resembling a rosary. The moving compartment is entered at one level and left when the desired level is reached.
  3. (architecture) A bead-like ornament in mouldings. []
  4. (archaic) A string of beads used in counting prayers that are said; a rosary.
  5. (archaic) A patent medicine, so named because salesmen would pray the Lord's prayer over it before selling it.

  In Western Christianity, Easter falls on this day.

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Word of the day for March 28
beer n
  1. One who is or exists.

  To celebrate April Fools' Day this week, we are featuring a series of words with unexpected meanings. Enjoy!

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Word of the day for March 29
primate n
  1. (ecclesiastical) In the Catholic Church, a rare title conferred to or claimed by the sees of certain archbishops, or the highest-ranking bishop of a present or historical, usually political circumscription.
  2. (ecclesiastical) In the Anglican Church, an archbishop, or the highest-ranking bishop of an ecclesiastic province.

  To celebrate April Fools' Day this week, we are featuring a series of words with unexpected meanings. Enjoy!

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Word of the day for March 30
sewer n
  1. (now historical) A servant attending at a meal who is responsible for seating arrangements, serving dishes, etc. []
  2. One who sews.
  3. A small tortricid moth the larva of which sews together the edges of a leaf using silk.

  To celebrate April Fools' Day this week, we are featuring a series of words with unexpected meanings. Enjoy!

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Word of the day for March 31
teenage n
  1. (chiefly Kent dialectal) Brushwood for fences and hedges.

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