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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 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 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
lorry n
  1. (road transport, Britain) A motor vehicle for transporting goods; a truck.
  2. (dated) A barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations.
  3. (dated) A small cart or wagon used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish.
  4. (obsolete) A large, low, horse-drawn, four-wheeled wagon without sides; also, a similar wagon modified for use on railways.
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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
hokum n
  1. (countable, uncountable, informal) (An instance of) meaningless nonsense with an outward appearance of being impressive and legitimate.
  2. (countable, uncountable, informal) (An instance of) excessively contrived, hackneyed, or sentimental material in a film, television programme, theater production, etc.
  3. (countable, informal) A film, television programme, theater production, etc., containing excessively contrived, hackneyed, or sentimental material.
  4. (uncountable, music) A genre of blues song or music, often characterized by sexual innuendos or satire.
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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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