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verklempt , adj :
(US, colloquial) Overcome with emotion, choked up. (US, colloquial) Flustered, nervous, overwhelmed.

couth , adj :
(obsolete) Familiar, known; well-known, renowned. (Scotland) Variant of couthie. Agreeable, friendly, pleasant. Comfortable; cosy, snug. […] Marked by or possessing a high degree of sophistication; cultured, refined.

imburse , v :
(transitive, obsolete) To put into a purse; to save, to store up. (transitive, obsolete) To give money to, to pay; to stock or supply with money. (transitive, obsolete) To pay back money that is owed; to refund, to repay, to reimburse.

loggerhead , n :
(obsolete) A stupid person; a blockhead, a dolt. A metal tool consisting of a long rod with a bulbous end that is made hot in a fire, then plunged into some material (such as pitch or a liquid) to melt or heat it. (nautical) A post on a whaling boat used to secure the harpoon rope. (botany, Midlands, dialectal) Often in plural: a thistle-like flowering plant of the genus Centaurea, particularly the common knapweed (Centaurea nigra). (zoology) Used as the name of various animals with large heads. The loggerhead duck or Falkland steamer duck (Tachyeres brachypterus; formerly Tachyeres cinereus), a species of steamer duck endemic to the Falkland Islands. The loggerhead kingbird (Tyrannus caudifasciatus), a bird endemic to the Caribbean and West Indies. The rufous-tailed flycatcher (Myiarchus validus), a bird endemic to Jamaica. The loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus), a bird endemic to North America. The loggerhead musk turtle (Sternotherus minor), a large-headed turtle endemic to the United States. The loggerhead sea turtle or loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), an oceanic turtle found throughout the world.

sensical , adj :
That makes sense; showing internal logic; rational, sensible.

whelm , v :
(transitive) To bury, to cover; to engulf, to submerge. (transitive, obsolete) To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. (transitive, obsolete) To ruin or destroy. (intransitive) To overcome with emotion; to overwhelm.

wieldy , adj :
(obsolete except Britain, dialectal) Able to wield one’s body well; active, dexterous. Capable of being easily wielded or managed; handy.

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pang , v :
(transitive) To cause to have great pain or suffering; to torment, to torture.

mummy brown , n :
A brown pigment originally prepared from the ground-up remains of Egyptian animal or human mummies mixed with bitumen, etc. The colour of this pigment, a variable brown nearly intermediate between raw umber and burnt umber. mummy brown colour: Today, the anniversary of the day Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452, is declared by the International Association of Art to be World Art Day to celebrate the fine arts.

boiling frog , n :
(idiomatic, often attributively) A person who, or thing which, is in a gradually worsening situation without any realization of the peril until it is too late.

implacable , adj :
Not able to be placated or appeased. Impossible to prevent or stop; inexorable, unrelenting, unstoppable. Adamant; immovable.

footbath , n :
The act of soaking or washing the feet. A small basin or bath designed for soaking or washing the feet. A liquid mixture, often medicinal, for soaking or washing the feet with. Today is Maundy Thursday in Western Christianity in 2019. It commemorates the maundy (foot-washing) which Jesus Christ performed on his disciples, and the Last Supper which they shared, the night before his crucifixion and death.

Bronx cheer , n :
(US, idiomatic) Synonym of raspberry (“a sound intended to resemble flatulence made by blowing air out of the mouth while the tongue is protruding from and pressed against the lips, used humorously or to express disdain or scorn”). On this day in 1912, Bronx County in New York City, New York, USA, was constituted, the change taking effect in 1914.

nauplius , n :
(zoology) A crustacean larva that has three pairs of locomotive organs (corresponding to antennules, antennae, and mandibles), a median eye, and little or no segmentation of the body.

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hector , v :
(transitive) To dominate or intimidate in a blustering way; to bully, to domineer. (intransitive) To behave like a hector or bully; to bluster, to swagger; to bully.

agrology , n :
(rare) A subdiscipline of agronomy (the science of utilizing animals, plants, and soils) and of soil science which addresses the influence of edaphic (soil-related) conditions on crop production for optimizing it. (chiefly Canada) The science and art of agriculture. Today is Earth Day, a day for observing the need to protect the Earth.

Gramarye , proper n :
(literary, Arthurian, rare) The island of Britain. Today is Saint George’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of England.

loath , adj :
Averse, disinclined; reluctant, unwilling. (obsolete) Angry, hostile. (obsolete) Loathsome, unpleasant.

chur , interj :
(New Zealand, informal) A strong voicing of agreement, approval, or thanks: awesome!, cheers!, ta!, thanks!. (New Zealand, informal) A parting salutation: bye, see you later. Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, which commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of those who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

prozymite , n :
(Roman Catholicism, historical, derogatory) One who administers the Eucharist with leavened bread, in particular, a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Today is marked by the Eastern Orthodox Church in 2019 as Good Friday.

recrudescence , n :
The condition or state being recrudescent; the condition of something (often undesirable) breaking out again or re-emerging after temporary abatement or suppression. (medicine, by extension) The acute recurrence of a disease, or its symptoms, after a period of improvement. (botany) The production of a fresh shoot from a ripened spike.

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philopolemic , adj :
(rare) Exalting or supporting conflict or war. (rare) Fond of polemics or controversy.

curate’s egg , n :
(idiomatic) A thing which has good and bad parts, but is overall spoilt by the bad.

desiccate , v :
(transitive) To remove moisture from; to dry. (transitive) To preserve by drying. (intransitive, rare) To become dry; to dry up.

synaesthesia , n :
(neurology, psychology) A neurological or psychological phenomenon whereby a particular sensory stimulus triggers the second kind of sensation. (by extension) The association of one sensory perception with, or description of it in terms of, a different perception that is not experienced at the same time. (art, literature) A literary or artistic device whereby one kind of sensation is described in terms of another. Russian journalist and mnemonist Solomon Shereshevsky, who was said to experience a powerful form of synaesthesia in which stimulation of one of his senses produced a reaction in all the others, died on this day in 1958.

turn turtle , v :
(intransitive) Especially of a boat or ship, or some other vehicle: to turn upside down. (intransitive, figuratively) To fail; to go belly up. (intransitive, surfing) To roll upside down with one’s surfboard (usually a longboard) to allow a wave, especially a wave that has already broken, to pass over. (intransitive, historical) To capture a turtle by turning it on to its back. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered as comic book characters this month 35 years ago in 1984.

Betteridge’s law , proper n :
(journalism) An adage stating that any headline ending in a question mark can be correctly answered by the word “no”. Today is World Press Freedom Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression.

walking carpet , n :
(slang, derogatory or humorous) An exceptionally hairy person. May the Fourth – oops, the Force – be with you! Today is observed as Star Wars Day by fans of the franchise. Today is observed as Star Wars Day by fans of the franchise. English-American actor Peter Mayhew, who played the role of Chewbacca in the film series between 1977 and 2015, died on 30 April 2019.

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motherhood statement , n :
(chiefly Canada, US) A vague, feel-good platitude, especially one made by a politician, that few people would disagree with. Today, the second Sunday of May in 2019, is celebrated in many countries as Mother’s Day.

slip-up , n :
(idiomatic) A (small) error or mistake; a (minor) misstep.

up to something , adj :
(idiomatic) Doing something mischievous or scheming.

primigravida , n :
(obstetrics, veterinary medicine) A woman or female animal who is pregnant for the first time, or who has been pregnant once. Today is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Families to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

terse , adj :
(obsolete) Burnished, polished; fine, smooth; neat, spruce. (by extension) Of speech or style: brief, concise, to the point. (by extension) Of manner or speech: abruptly or brusquely short; curt.

fjord , n :
A long, narrow, deep inlet between cliffs. Today is Norwegian Constitution Day, which celebrates the signing of the Constitution of Norway in Eidsvoll on this day 205 years ago in 1814.

schlubby , adj :
(chiefly US, informal) Clumsy, oafish, or socially awkward; unattractive or unkempt.
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