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Word of the day for July 1
motlopi n
  1. The shepherd tree or shepherd's tree (Boscia albitrunca), an evergreen tree native to southern and tropical Africa which is one of the most important forage trees of the Kalahari.

  Today is Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana, which commemorates the birthday of Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana, on this day in 1901.

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Word of the day for July 2
tinge v
  1. (transitive) To add a small amount of colour; to tint; (by extension) to add a small amount of some other thing.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To affect or alter slightly, particularly due to the actual or metaphorical influence of some element or thing.
  3. (intransitive) To change slightly in shade due to the addition of colour; (by extension) to change slightly in quality due to the addition of some other thing.
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Word of the day for July 3
ambivert n
  1. (psychology) A person who is neither clearly extroverted nor introverted, but has characteristics of each.
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Word of the day for July 4
all-American adj
  1. Comprising things that are wholly from the United States of America; completely made in the United States.
  2. Regarded as embodying the ideal qualities of the United States; (specifically) of a person: courageous, heroic; honest, wholesome, etc.
  3. (US, chiefly sports) Of a person or a team, or some other thing: regarded as the best in the United States.

  Today is celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.

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Word of the day for July 7
hebdomad n
  1. (obsolete) A group of seven.
  2. A period of seven days; a week.
  3. (Gnosticism) A group of seven world-creating archons (supernatural beings) often regarded as somewhat hostile; also, a term of address for the Demiurge (a being sometimes seen as the creator of evil).
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Word of the day for July 8
pessimize v
  1. (transitive) To take a pessimistic view of; to speak of in a negative or pessimistic way.
  2. (transitive) To make (something) pessimal or the worst; (in a weaker sense) to make (something, such as a computer program) less efficient.
  3. (intransitive) To think like a pessimist; to believe the worst.
  4. (intransitive) To become pessimal or the worst.
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Word of the day for July 9
hyperparasite n
  1. (biology) Any parasite whose host is a parasite.
  2. (entomology, specifically) An insect that parasitizes another parasitic insect.
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Word of the day for July 10
gorge v
  1. (intransitive, reflexive) Often followed by on: To stuff the gorge or gullet with food; to eat greedily and in large quantities.
  2. (transitive) To swallow, especially with greediness, or in large mouthfuls or quantities.
  3. (transitive) To fill up to the throat; to glut, to satiate.
  4. (transitive) To fill up (an organ, a vein, etc.); to block up or obstruct; (US, specifically) of ice: to choke or fill a channel or passage, causing an obstruction.
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Word of the day for July 12
abeyant adj
  1. Being in a state of abeyance; suspended.
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Word of the day for July 13
calvous adj
  1. (formal, medicine, rare) Lacking most or all of one's hair; bald, hairless.
  2. (botany, rare) Lacking bristles or pappuses.

  The calvous British actor Sir Patrick Stewart was born on this day in 1940.

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Word of the day for July 14
l'esprit de l'escalier n
  1. The phenomenon when a conversational rejoinder or remark only occurs to someone after the opportunity to make it has passed.

  Today is Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille that took place on this day 230 years ago in 1789.

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Word of the day for July 15
kombu n
  1. Edible kelp (a type of brown seaweed) (from the class Phaeophyceae) used in East Asian cuisine.

  Today, the third Monday in July in 2019, is 海の日 (Umi no Hi) or Marine Day in Japan, a public holiday for giving thanks for the ocean’s bounty and for recognizing its importance to Japan as an island nation.

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Word of the day for July 16
wristlet n
  1. An elastic band worn to keep a glove from slipping off the wrist.
  2. A decorative band or bracelet that encircles the wearer's wrist; especially, a closely knitted one to keep it warm; a muffetee.
  3. A small handbag with a short strap for attaching it to the wearer's wrist.
  4. A handcuff.
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Word of the day for July 17
chancellor n
  1. A senior secretary or official with administrative or legal duties, sometimes in charge of some area of government such as finance or justice.
  2. The head of the government in some German-speaking countries.
  3. (Christianity) A senior record keeper of a cathedral; a senior legal officer for a bishop or diocese in charge of hearing cases involving ecclesiastical law.
  4. (education) The head of a university, sometimes purely ceremonial.
  5. (Britain) Short for Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  6. (Scotland) The foreman of a jury.
  7. (US, law) The chief judge of a court of chancery (that is, one exercising equity jurisdiction).

  Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, was born on this day 65 years ago in 1954.

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Word of the day for July 21
aventurine n
  1. A kind of brownish glass containing gold-coloured spangles.
  2. (mineralogy, by extension) A variety of translucent quartz, spangled throughout with scales of yellow mica.
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Word of the day for July 22
radiole n
  1. (zoology) The spine of a sea urchin.
  2. (zoology) A heavily ciliated feather-like tentacle occuring in clusters on the crowns of certain tubeworms, especially those of the order Canalipalpata (the fan-head worms), used for feeding and respiration.
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Word of the day for July 23
churchical adj
  1. (Christianity) Pertaining to or characteristic of church; ecclesiastical.
  2. (music) Belonging to a style of Reggae music that reflects a spiritual sensibility.
  3. (Rastafari) Pertaining to the strain of Rastafarian culture that emphasizes a traditional theocracy.

  Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, was born on this day in 1892. He is worshipped as a deity and messiah by Rastafarians.

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Word of the day for July 25
aspheterism n
  1. (dated, rare) The view that all property should be in common ownership and that no individual should benefit from private possession.

  The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the word in a 1794 letter to fellow poet Robert Southey, died on this day 185 years ago in 1834.

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Word of the day for July 29
smocking n
  1. (sewing) An embroidery technique in which the fabric is gathered and then embroidered with decorative stitches to hold the gathers in place; the product of the use of this embroidery technique.
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Word of the day for July 30
tajine n
  1. (cooking) An earthenware cooking pot of North African origin, consisting of a shallow, round dish without handles and a tall, conical or dome-shaped lid.
  2. (by extension) A stew, originally from Morocco, the ingredients of which are traditionally cooked slowly in such a pot; the dish is normally served with couscous.

  Today is Eid Al-Ârch or the Festival of the Throne in Morocco, which commemorates the enthronement of King Mohammed VI on this day 20 years ago in 1999.

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