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International News Archive - June 15, 2009

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Large numbers of starfish have been showing up in southern New England this year, blanketing the seafloor and washing up on beaches, observers say.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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