Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Apr
11
2016

rufous

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ru fəs
adjective
of or pertaining to a reddish or reddish brown color.
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Apr
08
2016

phlogiston

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flo jI stan
noun
a nonexistent chemical that was once believed to be the cause of combustion and to be released by anything burning.

As we have seen, Priestley, in 1774, had discovered oxygen, or “dephlogisticated air.” Furthermore, he postulated the theory that combustion was not due to any such illusive thing as “phlogiston,” since this did not exist, and it seemed to him that the phenomena of combustion heretofore attributed to phlogiston could be explained by the action of the new element oxygen and heatEdward Huntington Williams – A History of Science — Volume 4

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Apr
07
2016

sitting duck

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sI tIng duhk
noun
an especially vulnerable person or thing; easy target.
That skinny little boy is a sitting duck for the bully.

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Apr
06
2016

scintilla

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sihn tI
noun
a tiny amount; trace.
There was not a scintilla of truth in the rumor.

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Apr
05
2016

schism

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sI zəm [or] skI zəm
noun
a division into factions with opposing beliefs, esp. in a Christian church.
The eleventh-century schism divided the Christian Church into what became the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

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