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Word of the day for June 1
boardwalk n
  1. A slightly elevated path for pedestrians over sandy or swampy ground, typically made out of wood; specifically (Canada, US) one running alongside a body of water or beach.

  The pop songUnder the Boardwalk” by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters was released this month in 1964.

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Word of the day for June 2
inthronization n
  1. (archaic) Enthronement.

  Today in 2018 is the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 1953.

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Word of the day for June 5
gelbstoff n
  1. (hydrology, oceanography) The optically measurable component of dissolved organic matter in water, which primarily occurs naturally from tannin released from decaying detritus. As the amount of organic matter increases, it causes the water to appear green, yellow-green, and then brown.

  Today is World Environment Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to promote worldwide awareness and action of the need to protect the environment.

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Word of the day for June 6
enemy line n
  1. (military) The line of battle of one's enemy.
  2. (military, also figuratively, usually in the plural) The boundary of the territory controlled by the enemy.

  The Invasion of Normandy during World War II began on this day in 1944.

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Word of the day for June 8
eustasy n
  1. (geology, oceanography) A worldwide change in sea level, especially one caused by melting ice or tectonic activity.

  Today is World Oceans Day, a day recognized by the United Nations to highlight the importance of conserving and protecting the world’s oceans.

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Word of the day for June 9
hobnob v
  1. (intransitive, obsolete, rare) To have or have not; to give or take.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To toast one another by touching glasses.
  3. (intransitive) To drink together.
  4. (intransitive) To associate with in a friendly manner, often with those of a higher class or status.
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Word of the day for June 11
fossick v
  1. (intransitive) To be troublesome.
  2. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand) To search for something; to rummage.
    1. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, specifically) To elicit information; to ferret out. [from mid 19th c.]
    2. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, specifically) To search for gems, gold, etc., on the surface or in abandoned workings.
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Word of the day for June 12
rapprochement n
  1. The reestablishment of cordial relations, particularly between two countries; a reconciliation.

  Today in 2018, a summit between Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Donald Trump of the United States takes place in Singapore.

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Word of the day for June 13
liminal adj
  1. Of or pertaining to an entrance or threshold.
  2. Of or pertaining to a beginning or first stage of a process.
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Word of the day for June 14
move the goalposts v
  1. (idiomatic) To alter the terms of an agreement or an agreed target, or the rules of a negotiation while it is ongoing, especially in an unfair way.

  The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins today in Moscow, Russia.

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Word of the day for June 15
coquina n
  1. Any of several small marine clams, of the species Donax variabilis, common in United States coastal waters.
  2. (geology) A soft form of limestone made of fragments of shells, sometimes used as a building or road paving material.
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Word of the day for June 17
pleasing fungus beetle n
  1. Any of the fungus beetles of the family Erotylidae.

  National Insect Week in the United Kingdom, a biennial event organized by the Royal Entomological Society, takes place from 18 to 24 June 2018.

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Word of the day for June 18
zongzi n
  1. A traditional Chinese dumpling of glutinous rice stuffed with a savoury or sweet filling, wrapped in large flat leaves, and cooked by steaming or boiling.

  Duanwujie (端午節 (Duānwǔjié)) or the Dragon Boat Festival falls on this day in 2018, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is traditional to enjoy zongzi on this day.

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Word of the day for June 19
shrithe v
  1. (intransitive) To move; to make one's way (toward), to proceed; (specifically) to creep.
  2. (intransitive) To go about, to roam, to wander.
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Word of the day for June 20
barcarole n
  1. (music) A Venetian folk song traditionally sung by gondoliers, often in 68 or 128 time with alternating strong and weak beats imitating a rowing motion.
  2. (music) A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.

  German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach was born on this day in 1819. His duetBelle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” (“Beautiful Night, O Night of Love”), known simply as the Barcarolle, from his last and unfinished opera The Tales of Hoffmann, is said to be the most famous barcarole ever written.

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Word of the day for June 21
melomaniac n
  1. One with an abnormal fondness of music; a person who loves music.

  The Fête de la Musique (also known as World Music Day), which originated in France in 1982 and is now celebrated around the world, takes place today on the June solstice.

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Word of the day for June 25
today is a good day to die proverb
  1. An expression of willingness, even eagerness, to give one's life for a cause.
  2. An expression indicating that one should not live with any regrets, or tasks left undone.

  The Oglala Lakota chief Low Dog, who was reported to have first used the phrase “this is a good day to die”, fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn which started on this day in 1876.

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Word of the day for June 26
moiety n
  1. A half.
  2. A share or portion, especially a smaller share.
  3. (anthropology) Each descent group in a culture which is divided exactly into two descent groups.
  4. (chemistry) A specific segment of a molecule.
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Word of the day for June 27
latter-day adj
  1. Modern, recent.

  Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism and the Latter-day Saint movement, died on this day in 1844.

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Word of the day for June 28
stonewall v
  1. (transitive) To obstruct.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To refuse to answer or cooperate, especially in supplying information.

  On this day in 1969, a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, New York, USA, led to spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community, now known as the Stonewall riots. The event is regarded as a key moment in the fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

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Word of the day for June 29
abiogenesis n
  1. (evolutionary theory) The origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation.

  English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who coined the words biogenesis and abiogenesis, died on this day in 1895.

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Word of the day for June 30
pulse-pounding adj
  1. That increases the heartbeat rate, especially as a result of excitement or fear.
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