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elephant an enormous mammal with a very long nose called a trunk. Elephants have curved tusks, huge, floppy ears, and four long, thick legs. Elephants use their trunks to pick up food, drink water, or lift things. They use their tusks to dig roots. Elephants travel in herds, eating tons of plants every day. African elephants are the largest mammals that live on land. Indian elephants are smaller and can be trained to work with people.
equinox either of the two times during the year when the sun's rays are perpendicular to the earth's equator, occurring in March and September. During the equinox, day and night are both 12 hours long all over the world.
eve (sometimes cap.) the evening or day before a holiday or other special day.
falcon a bird with long, powerful wings and a hooked beak. Falcons are related to hawks. They hunt other animals for food during the day.
Father's Day a holiday in the United States that honors fathers, celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June. People often give gifts to their fathers on this day.
Fourth of July Independence Day in the United States.
Friday the sixth day of the week. Friday comes between Thursday and Saturday.
get up on the wrong side of the bed to be in a bad mood from early in the day.
Halloween October 31. Halloween is celebrated by children who dress up in costumes and go from house to house begging for treats or playing tricks. In the Christian calendar, Halloween is the night before All Saints' Day, a festival celebrated by some Christian churches.
high tide the highest point reached by a tide, or the time of day when this happens.
holiday a day on which most people do not work so that they may honor and celebrate some person or event. [1/2 definitions]
homeroom a classroom where students meet at the beginning of the school day for attendance and announcements.
hour one of the twenty-four such periods in a day. [2/4 definitions]
Labor Day a holiday in the United States and Canada to honor the labor of working people. Labor Day is the first Monday in September.
leap year a year that has 366 days, which happens every four years. The extra day is February 29.
lily any of several similar plants or flowers, such as the day lily. [1/3 definitions]
Lincoln's Birthday a holiday on February 12, the day on which President Abraham Lincoln's birthday is celebrated.
lunch a meal eaten in the middle of the day, or any light meal during the day. [1/2 definitions]
Martin Luther King Day a holiday observed in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., an important black leader of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Day is the third Monday of January.
Maypole a high pole decorated with flowers and ribbons, around which people dance to celebrate May Day.
midday the middle part of the day.