Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/2020/November

This is the November archive of the Foreign Word of the Day for the year of 2020.

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Foreign word of the day  in Arabic
بَزّ (bazz) noun
  1. (regional) garment, raiment, weed
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Foreign word of the day  in Spanish
chamcua noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Middle Armenian
պոպոկ (popok) noun
  1. green husk on unripe walnut
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Foreign word of the day  in Chinese
袋鼠 (dàishǔ) noun
  1. kangaroo (literally, “pouch rat/mouse”)
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Focus week: Animal and plant names with literal meanings

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Foreign word of the day  in Swedish
tvättbjörn noun
  1. raccoon (literally, “washing bear”)
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Foreign word of the day  in French
faux-bourdon noun
  1. drone (bee) (literally, “false bumblebee”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Indonesian
kuda nil noun
  1. hippopotamus (literally, “Nile horse”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Polish
wieloryb noun
  1. whale (large sea mammal) (etymologically, “great fish”; but in modern usage literally “many fish”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Dutch
papegaaiduiker noun
  1. puffin (literally, “parrot diver”)
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Focus week: Animal and plant names with literal meanings

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Foreign word of the day  in Portuguese
comigo-ninguém-pode noun
  1. dumbcane (Dieffenbachia seguine, a poisonous plant commonly grown as an ornamental) (literally, “no one can handle me”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Bashkir
ат (at) noun
  1. horse
  2. (chess) knight
  3. (rare) (a person's) name
  4. reputation, repute
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"A Horse with No Name" by the band America was first released on this date in 1971

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Foreign word of the day  in Ancient Greek
κρᾰ́τος (krátos) noun
  1. might, strength
  2. act of strength, act of valour
  3. (in plural) acts of violence
  4. dominion, power
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Foreign word of the day  in Thai
ยาแรง (yaa-rɛɛng)) noun
  1. (slang) serious measure; decisive measure (literally, “strong drug”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Ido
bersilo noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Latin
ariēna noun
  1. (classical, rare) banana
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Foreign word of the day  in Sanskrit
वृश्चिक (vṛ́ścika) noun
  1. scorpion
  2. (astrology, zodiac constellations) the zodiacal sign Scorpio
  3. centipede
  4. (plant) name of various plants
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Foreign word of the day  in Hausa
cālī noun
  1. mesh bag
  2. (figuratively) A person full of excuses.
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Foreign word of the day  in Finnish
marraskuu noun
  1. November (literally, “death month”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Vietnamese
bị noun, verb
  1. (noun) big sack made from a sedge
  2. (noun, chiefly southern Vietnam) plastic bag
  3. (verb) particle denoting the subject is negatively affected by the predicate
  4. (verb) to be (used to form the passive voice if the subject is negatively affected by the action)
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Foreign word of the day  in Italian
lucumonia noun
  1. (historical) The rank or title of a lucumo (Etruscan ruler); a region ruled by a lucumo
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Foreign word of the day  in Hindi
अवयव (avyav) noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Hungarian
rut interjection
  1. gobble (representation of the sound of a turkey; can be used repetitively)
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Foreign word of the day  in German
Augenweide noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Greek
θερμοκοιτίδα (thermokoitída) noun
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Foreign word of the day  in Russian
пасти́ (pastí) verb
  1. to graze, to pasture, to shepherd
  2. (slang) to follow, to tail
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Foreign word of the day  in Japanese
下手上手 (hetauma) noun, adjective
  1. (noun) good badness, something that seems simultaneously poorly done and well done
  2. (noun) relative skill level, high and low skill
  3. (adjective) bad yet good, so bad it's good, simultaneously poorly done and well done
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