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A.Word.A.Day--gunk

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gunk (gungk) noun

Any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation.

[Originally a trademark name for a degreasing solvent.]

"`I carry a bottle wherever I go,' the 25-year-old said Tuesday while on the job at Gold's Gym in Westport. `It's so portable, and you never know what gunk is in those water pipes.'" David Klepper, Dental group says bottled water can lack fluoride, Kansas City Star, Jun 21, 2000.

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