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 for interregnum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interregnum \In`ter*reg"num\, n.; pl. Interregnums. [L., fr.
     inter between + regnum dominion, reign. See Reign, and cf.
     [1913 Webster]
     1. The time during which a throne is vacant between the death
        or abdication of a sovereign and the accession of his
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     2. Any period during which, for any cause, the executive
        branch of a government is suspended or interrupted.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the time between two reigns, governments, etc.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INTERREGNUM, polit. law. In an established government, the period which 
  elapses between the death of a sovereign and the election of another is 
  called interregnum. It is also understood for the vacancy created in the 
  executive power, and for any vacancy which occurs when there is no 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  INTERREGNUM, n.  The period during which a monarchical country is
  governed by a warm spot on the cushion of the throne.  The experiment
  of letting the spot grow cold has commonly been attended by most
  unhappy results from the zeal of many worthy persons to make it warm

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