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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Of or pertaining to a lamp or other artificial light.

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There is no night so dark that the cities' lucernal glow cannot be seen from the space station.

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/ˈpuːt(ə)l/
verb
informal British no object, with adverbial of direction
Move or travel in a leisurely manner.

Origin
1970s blend of the verbs poodle and tootle.

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Paul and Pat, pootled along on their way to town. They were going to be too early to go straight to the movie theater, though a little too late for supper before the show. Maybe they'd get a cup of coffee and watch the crowd rush by their outdoor seating.

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/ˈaʃlə/
noun
mass noun
1 Masonry made of large square-cut stones, used as a facing on walls of brick or stone rubble.
1.1 count noun A stone used in ashlar.

Origin
Middle English from Old French aisselier from Latin axilla, diminutive of axis ‘plank’.

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Actual ashlar walls make a very appealing facade for a building, though they take more work to accomplish than brick.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/bɒns/
noun
informal British
A person's head.

Origin
Mid 19th century (denoting a large marble): of unknown origin.

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It took more than once
Of rapping on his bonce
To wake him from his slumber
To write down today's number.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈvʌɪbr(ə)nt/
adjective
1 Full of energy and life.
1.1 (of color) bright and striking.
1.2 (of sound) strong or resonating.
2 Quivering; pulsating.

Origin
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘moving rapidly, vibrating’): from Latin vibrant- ‘shaking to and fro’, from the verb vibrare (see vibrate).

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There are times when being vibrant is also excessive.

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[Please note: this is the August 10th word, posted a day late for purely technical reasons, honest!]
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/ˈabseɪl/ /ˈabzʌɪl/
verb
[no object] British
Descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point.
noun
British
A descent made by abseiling.

Origin
Early 20th century from German abseilen, from ab ‘down’ + Seil ‘rope’.

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Jonathan had hopes of being a social climber. The best he could accomplish was an assisted abseil.

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Pronunciation /ˌɛksapˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
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1 Biology
The process by which features acquire functions for which they were not originally adapted or selected.
1.1 count noun A character or feature which evolved by the process of exaptation.

Origin
1980s from ex- + aptation as in adaptation.

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Every table leg ever made is, in a sense, an exaptation of a tree's strong, woody trunk.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈmɪnibiːst/
noun
informal British
A small invertebrate animal such as an insect or spider.

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Marco did not appreciate the presence of minibeasts in his room, though at least one of them was anticipating pleasure.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈɡɒnf(ə)lən/
noun
A banner or pennant, especially one with streamers, hung from a crossbar.

Origin
Late 16th century from Italian gonfalone, from a Germanic compound whose second element is related to vane.

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There is no need to be shy about it. Proudly display your very own gonfalon.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈzambʌk/
noun
informal Australian, New Zealand
A first-aider, especially a member of the St John Ambulance.

Origin
Early 20th century the proprietary name of a type of antiseptic ointment.

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In a pandemic, we come to realize the importance of every zambuk on the job.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˌtʃʌkˈhɛdɪd/
adjective
Unintelligent, dim-witted, stupid.

Origin
Mid 18th century. Probably from chuck + headed, although compare also chuckle-headed.

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I've always aspired to eat enough Chuckles to be considered chucleheaded. Sure it's silly, but everyone needs aspirations!

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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noun
informal South African
Loose head
This is just a humorous excuse, used to explain away forgetful or odd behaviour.

Origin
Afrikaans.

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I am such a loskop today. I forgot your jacket at home.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ləˈsɪvɪəs/
adjective
Feeling or revealing an overt sexual interest or desire.

Origin
Late Middle English from late Latin lasciviosus, from Latin lascivia ‘lustfulness’, from lascivus ‘lustful, wanton’.

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Larry leered lasciviously at Laura. She grinned back.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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/ˈkuːli/
noun
1 A short flow of viscous lava.
2 North American A deep ravine.

Origin
Early 19th century from French coulée ‘(lava) flow’, from couler ‘to flow’, from Latin colare ‘to strain or flow’, from colum ‘strainer’.

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Once the ice was gone, the coulee left behind remained. Ain't that grand?
[In the U.S. there is a dam called Grand Coulee .]

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