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endocarp

Definition: (noun) The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
Synonyms:pit, stone
Usage:I bit into the prune and nearly broke my tooth on the hard endocarp inside. Discuss.

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Conjunctive Adverbs for Weak Contrast

There are two types of contrast that we can illustrate using conjunctive adverbs. One, known as "weak contrast," is when two clauses are opposing but are not complete opposites. For this type of contrast, we are limited to using only the weaker of the contrasting conjunctive adverbs. What are they? More... Discuss

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The Marsi

The Marsi were an ancient people of Italy who lived in the hilly central region now known as Marsica. Although they aided Rome in its wars, they were denied the privileges of Roman citizenship. With other Roman allies, they organized a confederacy and began an uprising for independence in 90 BCE. Called the Social War, the conflict is also known as the Marsic War due to the prominence of the Marsian rebels. What became of the Marsi? More... Discuss

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Principality of Liechtenstein Is Created (1719)

Occupying 62 square miles (160 sq km) between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein was formed when the Austrian family of the same name purchased the lordships of Schellenberg and Vaduz in the Holy Roman Empire. It became fully independent in 1866. Today, the tiny mountainous country has no airport, no military, and very little crime. It is best known for its financial industry but is also a leading producer of sausage casings and false teeth. What is Liechtenstein's population? More... Discuss

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Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910)

Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Gypsy jazz guitarist whose blend of swing and traditional Gypsy music, as well as his unconventional technique, made him a legendary figure in jazz. He learned to play guitar while traveling in France as a child and began playing professionally at 12. Severely burned in a caravan fire in 1928, he lost the use of two of his fingers but adapted his style to the disability. What heavy metal guitarist was inspired by Reinhardt to keep playing after his own hand injury? More... Discuss

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One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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unreasonably
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ungratefully
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bloodlessly
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n. An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration
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oodles
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San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day

These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo's feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More... Discuss

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look askance upon (someone or something)

To view or regard something in a disapproving or distrustful manner. More... Discuss