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International News Archive - May 07, 2009

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A Malaysian lawmaker warned Thursday that the nation’s spectacular firefly population is under threat of destruction within months due to large-scale land clearing.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.