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International News Archive - May 08, 2012

Beachgoers In Peru Warned To Stay Away After Mass Pelican Die Offs

The health ministry of Peru issued a warning recently to citizens and tourists to avoid beaches in Lima and north of the capital while investigators try to determine what may have caused the mysterious deaths of hundreds of pelicans.

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'.