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2006-06-26 15:05:00

LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands -- Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines - and pray for sunny skies. The "Frisian Nuon Solar Challenge" race for boats powered exclusively by solar panels got off to a challenging start Monday, under cloud cover and a light drizzle. More than 20 teams from Europe and the United States have converged on the Netherlands' rainy northwest to navigate a 140-mile course of lakes, rivers and creeks. A favorite is from Delft University of Technology, which won a...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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