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A.Word.A.Day--debark

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This week's theme: less-known synonyms of everyday words.

debark (di-BARK) verb tr., intr.

To disembark.

[From French debarquer, de- from + barque ship.]

debark (dee-BARK) verb tr.

To remove the bark from a log or a dog.

[De- + bark.]

See more usage examples of debark in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Another stop is scheduled for pad 34, site of the Apollo 1 tragedy that claimed the lives of astronauts Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. Thomas asks tourists to remove their caps when they debark." Billy Cox; Tour Space History 'Then and Now'; Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida); May 28, 2000.

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