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Leafoutside

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: leef owt syde

Sentence: Like clockwork, Flora's neighbours saw the same phenomena after each season...abandoned plants on her back porch. Poinsettia's after Christmas, Lillies after Easter, Mums after Thanksgiving, etc. Apparently ignorant on any kind of plant care knowledge,Flora would leafoutside any of these poor hothouse-raised, sensitive showy plants to fend for themselves. Inevitably, snow, frost, critters and lack of water sealed their fate. Those neighbours were very worried that one of these days, Flora might get pregnant and have a baby. If she ran true to form, they were afraid they might find the baby abandoned on the porch because he had outgrown the cute stage and was way too much work and bother. They speculated that if this was not the child's fate, he should be named "Leaf the Lucky"!

Etymology: Leaf (the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants) & Outside (Not inside, in the elements) & play on leave outside (abandon something to the Great Outdoors)

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Agribandon

Created by: apeavy

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Sacrilily

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sak ril lilee

Sentence: After his Mother's annual Easter visit and gift of an Easter Lily, Neil felt it was too painful a reminder of her unpleasant holiday with him. He therefore always made a sacrilily of the plant by placing it out on his frosty terrace.

Etymology: Sacrifice (endure the loss of;destroy or kill) & Lily (any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers)

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Explantriate

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: ex-'plant-re-ate

Sentence: Unidentifiable dead stalks stood in haphazard rows, interrupted only by the occasional rotting heap of pumpkin or novelty plastic container. Each day Kimberly marched through this, her not garden, which was annually expanding westward and pushing her car closer and closer to the street. Kimberly's explantriation annoyed her neighbors, "it's an eyesore" complained Jared "and it's driving down the value of my house and it's driving me crazy!" Kimberly quipped: "the only real eyesore in this neighborhood is Jared's wife."

Etymology: plant (distinguished on the microscopic level by cell walls) + expatriate (to leave one's country)

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Meanthumb

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: meen-thum

Sentence: it was clear that the sad little pot plant was making her kitchen gloomy and it was time for her to exercise her meanthumb

Etymology: mean, green thumb

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COMMENTS:

It just works. - dubld, 2007-11-14: 09:06:00

pot plants usually have the opposite effect - why didn't she just smoke it? - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-14: 10:21:00

i'm gunja pretend you didn't say that - rikboyee, 2007-11-14: 15:31:00

doobie doobie do - where's purple when you want to sing - you know youjuana - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-14: 16:25:00

Seems to mean it's all about meangreen! Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-14: 17:16:00

Purple's been swamped at work, with no signs of letting up until after Jan 15. Poor Purple. Love your word Rik. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-14: 18:25:00

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Poinsettiacide

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: poyn-set-tea-yuh-side

Sentence: Tired of looking at the ostentatious white Easter lily on the television, I set it outside during a cold snap, knowing I was commiting poinsettiaside, but not caring.

Etymology: poinsettia: traditional Christmas flower, traditionally given as a "oops I forgot you" gift -on par with Hickory farms platters. + -cide: suffix -act of killing

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COMMENTS:

Spot on, Belle. I love the etymolygy -- 'Hickory Farms platters'... Hahaha!! Classic. - Tigger, 2007-11-18: 20:30:00

libertybelle My brother and I call Hickory farms platters as the gift that says "%*&@ you - just be happy i got you something" - libertybelle, 2007-11-21: 09:44:00

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Floreuthanasia

zxvasdf

Created by: zxvasdf

Pronunciation: Flo reu tha na sia

Sentence: Every time his mother in law gave him a poinsettia, he floreuthanazed the poor plant by placing it in the backyard. He figured a quick death by floreuthanasia outside was better than a gradual dying indoors.

Etymology: Flora (plant life) & euthanasia (put to sleep)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx A mercifully brief death, zxvasdf. :) - metrohumanx, 2008-10-13: 11:21:00

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Botanicull

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Bot-anee-cull

Sentence: Mary Gold's love of plants had got a bit out of hand just lately. Her husband came up with a plan to reduce the numbers, he decided it was time to botanicull them one by one. He started with the poinsettia that was bought for show last christmas, it had seen better days he thought to himself, so he took the pot down to the bottom of the garden and put it round the back of his shed, sure that his wife would not notice it had gone he left it out ready for the elements to do the rest.

Etymology: Botany(the study of plants) + Cull(to kill, reduce the numbers of) = Botanicull

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COMMENTS:

clever - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-13: 14:05:00

Maybe there is a botanineed for a botanicull afterall. - Nosila, 2008-10-13: 20:19:00

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Cropsicle

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: crop-sik-ul

Sentence: Although it was completely infested with spider mites, it took me days to decide to abandon all hope and set my cilantro plant outside to become yet another cropsicle.

Etymology: crop, popsicle

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COMMENTS:

so sad - but funny - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-14: 09:35:00

What's even worse is the plant was on my desk, and I'd snip off a piece to munch on from time to time. Who knows how many miniature spiders are wriggling inside me. Perhaps I should swallow a fly. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-14: 11:56:00

the eency weency spider climbed up the water spout... - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-14: 15:18:00

From what I heard recently of some of the things some Australian footballers have allegely tried to swallow -as performance ennancers - I wouldn't be surprized if they've to swallow a horse! Cuteword! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-14: 17:33:00

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Bougainseeya

Created by: QuantumMechanic

Pronunciation: boo gun see' yuh

Sentence: The cat shredded the mother-in-law's tongue I got from you-know-who, so I have to bougainseeya it on the back patio. Bougainseeya!

Etymology: bougain (< bougainvillea, popular house plant) + "see ya" (parting remark)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-14: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by yellowbird. Thank you yellowbird! ~ James'

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-14: 04:19:00
How ironic, I just did this yesterday with some cilantro that developed a wicked case of spider mites. Now I get to feel the guilt allll over again.

Jabberwocky - 2007-11-14: 15:22:00
I got a phone call from cilantro - he said "Save me purple - it's not too late"

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-14: 18:32:00
I hate you Jabber. Here come the nightmares... "I'm freeeeezing!"

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-14: 23:02:00
The cilantro is just the tip of the iceberg! I heard that Purple iced her entire crop artichokes, which she was **trying** to grow hydroponically in her basement. That is until she saw her electricity bill quadruple. Just think of all those poor baby artichokes... It's sad, until you think -- Purple probably would have ate them anyways. ~ James

mplsbohemian - 2007-11-14: 23:08:00
Tip of the iceberg *lettuce*, you mean.

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-15: 06:54:00
Now I'm all choked up... guess I'll start eating more meat.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-10: 00:08:00
Today's definition was suggested by yellowbird. Thank you yellowbird. ~ James

artr artr - 2010-03-10: 12:20:00
A friend suggested a very scary thought. She says that the verbotomists should get together and have a \"meet & greet\".

mrskellyscl mrskellyscl - 2010-03-10: 12:46:00
Sounds good. We could have a convention in Verbena, Alabama

'Don't leave me out here! I'm not dead yet!'

DEFINITION: v., To put an unwanted houseplant, especially a seasonal or gift plant like a Poinsettia or Easter Lily, outdoors in hopes that it will die. n., An unwanted houseplant which has been left to nature.

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