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

  Fool \Fool\, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad;
     a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated
     ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. Folly, Follicle.]
     1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of
        understanding; an idiot; a natural.
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     2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or
        pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one
        without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.
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              Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.
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              Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn
              in no other.                          --Franklin.
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     3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious
        wisdom; a wicked person.
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              The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
                                                    --Ps. xiv. 1.
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     4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or
        buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed
        fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
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              Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?
                                                    --Milton.
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     April fool, Court fool, etc. See under April, Court,
        etc.
  
     Fool's cap, a cap or hood to which bells were usually
        attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.
  
     Fool's errand, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure
        or undertaking.
  
     Fool's gold, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in
        color.
  
     Fool's paradise, a name applied to a limbo (see under
        Limbo) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and
        nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain
        self-satistaction.
  
     Fool's parsley (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
        ({Aethusa Cynapium) resembling parsley, but nauseous and
        poisonous.
  
     To make a fool of, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to
        shame. [Colloq.]
  
     To play the fool, to act foolishly; to act the buffoon; to
        act a foolish part. "I have played the fool, and have
        erred exceedingly." --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  April \A"pril\, n. [L. Aprilis. OE. also Averil, F. Avril, fr.
     L. Aprilis.]
     1. The fourth month of the year.
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     2. Fig.: With reference to April being the month in which
        vegetation begins to put forth, the variableness of its
        weather, etc.
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              The April's her eyes; it is love's spring. --Shak.
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     April fool, one who is sportively imposed upon by others on
        the first day of April.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  April fool
      n 1: the butt of a prank played on April 1st
      2: a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April

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

  APRIL FOOL, n.  The March fool with another month added to his folly.
  

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