Word of the Day – Bansuri

By August 20, 2019 Word of the Day

Bansuri (noun)


A bamboo transverse flute, popular in northern India.

Example sentences

“He was an expert bansuri musician”

Word of the Day – Phthisiophobia

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Word of the Day – Thicket

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Word of the Day – Efficacy

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Word of the Day – Impunity

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Impunity (noun) im-poo-ni-tee Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action. Mid 16th century from Latin impunitas, from impunis ‘unpunished’, from in- ‘not’ + poena ‘penalty’…

Word of the Day – Ingress

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Word of the Day – Masticate

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Word of the Day – Gesticulate

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Word of the Day – Leer

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Leer (verb/noun) lee-r Look or gaze in a lascivious or unpleasant way. Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘look sideways or askance’): perhaps from obsolete leer ‘cheek’, from Old…

Word of the Day – Mawkish

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