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Definition: The element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space above the sphere of the moon and to compose the stars and planets.
Synonyms: quintessence

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park the bus

In football (soccer), to employ all (or nearly all) of a team's active players in defending its own side of the pitch.

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Takayama Matsuri

Held twice a year in Japan, in the spring and the autumn, the Takayama Festival is famous for its elaborately decorated yatai (festival floats), which are adorned with beautiful fabrics, lacquered wood, and patterned metals. Twelve of these floats appear at the April festival, held at Takayama's Hie Shrine, and 11 participate in the October festival. Some yatai feature performances of kabuki (puppet plays), often performed by mechanical marionettes. A highlight of the festival is the parade of gongs known as tokeigaku, which produce a unique kind of folk music. More...

Quote of the Day
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
Gustave Flaubert

Word Trivia

Today's topic: mountains

massif - A compact group of mountains or a mountain range section; it first meant "building block" and the word massive is derived from that. More...

Idaho - Shoshone for "light on mountains." More...

orogenesis, orogeny - Orogenesis is the formation of mountains (Greek oros) and orogeny is the process by which mountains are formed. More...

ultramontane - Means "beyond the mountains." More...

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