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Words of The Week are Spidey-Sense, Planning Permission, Calabash, Sidle, and Sere.
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Spidey-sense , n :
(humorous) An intuitive feeling, usually of something being dangerous or risky; (more generally) instinct, intuition. The fictional superhero Spider-Man made his debut this month in 1962 in the Marvel Comics comic book Amazing Fantasy #15.
planning permission , n :
(Britain, construction, law) Legal permission granted by a government authority to construct on one’s land, or to change the use of the land. The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 of the United Kingdom, which was the foundation of modern land-use planning in the country, received royal assent on this day in 1947 and came into force on 1 July 1948.
calabash , n :
A tree (known as the calabash tree; Crescentia cujete) native to Central and South America, the West Indies, and southern Florida, bearing large, round fruit used to make containers (sense 3); the fruit of this tree. The bottle gourd (calabash vine, Lagenaria siceraria), a vine believed to have originated in Africa, which is grown for its fruit that are used as a vegetable and to make containers (sense 3); the fruit of this plant. A container made from the mature, dried shell of the fruit of one of the above plants; also, a similarly shaped container made from some other material. A calabash and its contents; as much as fills such a container. (music) A musical instrument, most commonly a drum or rattle, made from a calabash fruit.
sidle , v :
(transitive, intransitive, also figuratively) To (cause something to) move sideways. (transitive, intransitive, also figuratively) In the intransitive sense often followed by up: to (cause something to) advance in a coy, furtive, or unobtrusive manner.
sere , adj :
(archaic or literary, poetic) Without moisture; dry. (obsolete) Of fabrics: threadbare, worn out. […] (obsolete or Britain, dialectal) Individual, separate, set apart. (obsolete or Britain, dialectal) Different; diverse.
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