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Word of the day for June 1
oxishly adv
  1. (rare) In a manner like that of an ox.
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Word of the day for June 2
rubicon n
  1. A limit that when exceeded, or an action that when taken, cannot be reversed.
  2. (card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: a score which, if not achieved by a losing player, increases the player's penalty.

rubicon v

  1. (transitive, card games) Especially in bezique and piquet: to defeat a player who has not achieved the rubicon.

  Today is Festa della Repubblica or Republic Day, Italy’s national day.

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Word of the day for June 5
rubbish n
  1. (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain) Garbage, junk, refuse, trash, waste.
  2. (by extension, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain) An item, or items, of low quality.
  3. (by extension, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain) Nonsense.
  4. (archaic) Debris or ruins of buildings. []

rubbish v

  1. (transitive, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, Britain, colloquial) To criticize, to denigrate, to denounce, to disparage.

  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
polemology n
  1. The study of human conflict and war.

  Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 1944, the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, during World War II that laid the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front.

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Word of the day for June 8
polynya n
  1. (hydrology, oceanography) A naturally formed area of open water surrounded by sea ice, especially in the Arctic.

  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
ennead n
  1. (obsolete) The number nine.
  2. (rare) Any grouping or system containing nine objects.
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Word of the day for June 13
nitrox n
  1. (metallurgy) An industrial process for case hardening (imparting greater surface hardness to) metal objects, involving nitrocarburizing (the diffusion of carbon and nitrogen into the metal) followed by oxidation.
  2. (underwater diving) A mixture of nitrogen and oxygen, the nitrogen content being lower than what is normally present in air, which is used in place of air as a breathing gas.

  British diving engineer Henry Fleuss, who invented the first commercially practical scuba rebreather, was born on this day in 1851.

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Word of the day for June 14
bloviation n
  1. (US, possibly originally Ohio, informal) A boastful or pompous manner of speaking or writing; a lengthy discourse delivered in that manner.
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Word of the day for June 15
lion's share n
  1. (idiomatic) The majority; a large or generous portion.

  The animated movie The Lion King premiered on this day 25 years ago in 1994.

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Word of the day for June 17
gastrodiplomacy n
  1. A type of cultural diplomacy where relations between representatives of different cultures are improved by the means of gastronomy and the promotion of national cuisines.

  Today is the eve of Sustainable Gastronomy Day, which is designated by the United Nations to highlight the role that gastronomy can play in promoting sustainable development.

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Word of the day for June 18
meet one's Waterloo v
  1. To be decisively defeated by an encounter with a powerful opponent or a problem that is too difficult.

  The Battle of Waterloo, which marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars after Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by armies of Britain and Prussia, took place on this day in 1815.

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Word of the day for June 21
ski-through adj
  1. (skiing) Of a ski lodge or other hotel establishment: providing skiers with the service of transporting their equipment, luggage, and vehicles to other establishments so they can ski directly to those establishments.
  2. (skiing) Of a restaurant, shop, or other establishment or facility: providing service to skiers while they are still wearing their skis.

  In the Southern Hemisphere according to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the winter solstice falls on this day in 2019.

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Word of the day for June 22
smorgasbord n
  1. A Swedish-style buffet comprising a variety of cold sandwiches and other dishes; (by extension) any buffet with a wide selection of dishes.
  2. (figuratively) An abundant and diverse collection of things.

  Today in 2019 is Midsommardagen or Midsummer’s Day in Sweden.

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Word of the day for June 23
ithyphallic adj
  1. (historical, Ancient Rome) Of or pertaining to the erect phallus that was carried in bacchic processions.
    1. (specifically) Of a poem or song: having the metre of an ode sung in honour of the bacchic phallus.
  2. Of or pertaining to an upward pointing, erect penis; (specifically) of an artistic depiction of a deity or other figure: possessing an erect penis.
  3. (by extension) Lascivious, obscene.
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Word of the day for June 24
adynaton n
  1. (rhetoric) A form of hyperbole that uses exaggeration so magnified as to express impossibility; an instance of such hyperbole.
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Word of the day for June 26
indri n
  1. One of the largest living lemurs, Indri indri, which is native to Madagascar.

  Today is the Independence Day of Madagascar.

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Word of the day for June 27
lour v
  1. (intransitive) To frown; to look sullen.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; of the sky: to be covered with dark and threatening clouds; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
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Word of the day for June 30
plat n
  1. A plot of land; a lot.
  2. A map showing the boundaries of real properties (delineating one or more plots of land), especially one that forms part of a legal document.
  3. (obsolete) A plot, a scheme.

plat v

  1. (transitive) To create a plat; to lay out property lots and streets; to map. []
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