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xeriscape

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 24, 2020 is: xeriscape • ZEER-uh-skayp  • noun : a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (such as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation) Examples: After the severe…
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shaggy-dog

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 23, 2020 is: shaggy-dog • shag-ee-DAWG  • adjective : of, relating to, or being a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous or interesting but the hearer as boring and pointless; also…
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preen

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 22, 2020 is: preen • PREEN  • verb 1 of a bird : to groom with the bill especially by rearranging the barbs and barbules of the feathers and by distributing oil from the uropygial gland 2 :…
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cowcatcher

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2020 is: cowcatcher • KOW-ketch-er  • noun : an inclined frame on the front of a railroad locomotive for throwing obstacles off the track Examples: For his entry in the town parade, John outfitted his black truck…
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neoteric

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2020 is: neoteric • nee-uh-TAIR-ik  • adjective : recent in origin : modern Examples: "From the runways of Paris to the boutiques of New York to the time-sucking scroll of my social media-feeds, it seemed as if…
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disabuse

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2020 is: disabuse • diss-uh-BYOOZ  • verb : to free from error, misconception, or fallacy Examples: "While it's difficult to predict how the practice of hiring will evolve over time, one thing is clear: it is extremely…
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exiguous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 18, 2020 is: exiguous • ig-ZIG-yuh-wus  • adjective : excessively scanty : inadequate Examples: New computer equipment would be prohibitively expensive, given the rural school's exiguous resources. "[Adam] Smith's death was the subject of rather little interest, in England and…
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malapropism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 17, 2020 is: malapropism • MAL-uh-prah-piz-um  • noun : the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in…
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bodacious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 16, 2020 is: bodacious • boh-DAY-shuss  • adjective 1 Southern & Midland : outright, unmistakable 2 : remarkable, noteworthy 3 : sexy, voluptuous Examples: "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has made a bodacious name for himself on several fronts.…
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stymie

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 15, 2020 is: stymie • STYE-mee  • verb : to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of Examples: "Ventura County supervisors are reviving an effort to build a bicycle path for commuting and recreation in…