Word of the Day Archive
April 2012

  1. pyknic: having a rounded build or body structure.
  2. grouse: to grumble; complain.
  3. zeitgeber: an environmental cue, as the length of daylight, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism's biological clock.
  4. sylph: a slender, graceful woman or girl.
  5. ephebe: a young man.
  6. agley: off the right line; awry; wrong.
  7. pleach: to interweave branches or vines for a hedge or arbor.
  8. apotropaic: intended to ward off evil.
  9. cumshaw: a present; gratuity; tip.
  10. caparison: to dress richly; deck.
  11. tony: high-toned; stylish.
  12. macaronic: composed of a mixture of languages.
  13. approbate: to approve officially.
  14. irriguous: well-watered, as land.
  15. palladium: anything believed to provide protection or safety; safeguard.
  16. aperçu: a hasty glance; a glimpse.
  17. xenophilia: an attraction to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.
  18. reconnoiter: to make an inspection or observation.
  19. bona fides: good faith; the state of being exactly as claims or appearances indicate.
  20. agnomen: a nickname.
  21. hsien: one of a group of benevolent spirits promoting good in the world.
  22. obtuse: not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect.
  23. germinal: being in the earliest stage of development.
  24. fard: to apply cosmetics.
  25. barnburner: something that is highly exciting or impressive.
  26. adenoidal: being characteristically pinched and nasal in tone quality.
  27. nosh: to snack or eat between meals.
  28. littoral: pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.
  29. ensconce: to settle securely or snugly.
  30. aphotic: lightless; dark.


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