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DEFINITION: v. To try to kill a weed that just won't die. n. A weed that just keeps on coming back, no matter what you do to it.

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Bilkweed

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: rhymes with milkweed

Sentence: Henry knew the weedwacker definitely wasn't the answer to their recurring weeds. He wondered which herbicide he would next try. Maybe he'd just dig out the whole garden and start again? Hmmm. Those bilkweeds!

Etymology: From BILK, to frustrate and MILKWEED. Bilkweeds cause constant frustration because they manage to resist removal.

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Damndelion

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: dam dee lie un

Sentence: There it was again that damndelion, purring amid her prize blooms

Etymology: dandelion, damn

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Audreytwonacious

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: Aw-dree-twoo-nay-shuhs

Sentence: Lil Seymour cried out for her husband's help. They were coming after her, those audreytwonacious dandylions, elephant ears, tigerlilies, zebra grass and spider plants!

Etymology: Using AUDREY II, the man-eating plant of "Little Shop of Horrors" fame + TENACIOUS, meaning holding firmly, stubbornly. Sometimes also spelled AudreyIInacious

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Great word! - splendiction, 2009-04-20: 21:25:00

It's cute and Oddry,too! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:20:00

I love your etymology and word very nice:) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 06:24:00

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Pestaside

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pest a syde

Sentence: No matter what she tried, Flora could not rid her yard of crab grass. It grew in her lawn. her flower beds, under trees and in between cracks in the cement. She had tried every chemical she could find to eliminate it.But nothing worked.In her mind, the pesticides just became pestasides, because the weeds came back somewhere else. She decided to use reverse psychology. If she planted crab grass on purpose, maybe her lawn and flowers would become the pests and grow in it's place! No wonder they called it crab grass...it makes you a crab trying to eliminate it!

Etymology: Pest (crab grass:grasses with creeping stems that root freely; a pest (nuisance) in lawns)& Aside (in a different direction)

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Schwarzenneggplant

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: sh wart zen egg plahnt

Sentence: no matter how many times you take the shears/fork/flamethrower to a schwarzenneggplant, you know it'll be back!

Etymology: schwarzennegger, eggplant

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mrskellyscl I'll be bok choy. - mrskellyscl, 2009-04-20: 09:58:00

and I'll be brock... - splendiction, 2009-04-20: 21:30:00

(broccoli) - splendiction, 2009-04-20: 21:34:00

Hosta la vista, baby! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:11:00

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Unwhackable

Created by: mkaye

Pronunciation:

Sentence: After only a few months of neglect, my lawn is now filled with unwhackables.

Etymology: plant growth that is undeterred by a weed whacker

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Damndelion

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: dam-de-lye-on

Sentence: Trevor spent the better part of the day treating the golf course for various weeks. All was going well until he reached the green at the 15th hole. He tried everything in his arsenal to kill the bright yellow flowers only to come back to find them standing as tall as ever. Finally, he decided to put on his gloves and yank the weed out by its roots. The joke was on him though - the next morning he found that the damndelion had fought back and brought an army of yellow crusaders to invade the green. Trevor looked upon the field of yellow and exclaimed "Damndelions!!".

Etymology: Damn + dandelion

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beauty! - galwaywegian, 2009-04-20: 11:26:00

Damn Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 17:40:00

metrohumanx YELLOW CRUSADERS! Great imagery. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 20:16:00

If I said I din't like it, I'd be delion! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:12:00

artr Wish I'd thought of it! Great word! - artr, 2009-04-21: 05:06:00

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Inweedstructable

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: in-weed-struck-tab-ul

Sentence: She didn't care if she using the most toxic weed killer around and that it was polluting the water or potentially harming the neighbourhood cats or dogs, as long as all the inweedstructables in her garden were dead, she was happy.

Etymology: indestructable + weed

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Zombelion

Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: zawm-buh-ly-on

Sentence: After going so far as to dig a small crater in his front yard to get rid of that hideous weed, Adam decided this was war. He rented a bazooka and blasted the sucker half way to China. But nevertheless, he woke up next morning to an entire yard of walking dead zombelions. Not even the exterminator could rid him of this curse...

Etymology: Zombie (living dead, never dies) + Dandelion (a common weed which never seems to go away either)

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metrohumanx Reminds me of "Day of The Triffids"- an old sci-fi movie about ambulatoty killer plants. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 00:56:00

petaj oh, very good. voodzu is another of this type. (voo doo + kudzu) - petaj, 2009-04-20: 05:25:00

Great word for weedy monsters that keep coming back from the dead! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:05:00

It's like Shaun of the Deadlylions! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:27:00

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Immortaweed

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: imôrtawēd

Sentence: Randy is a fanatic about his lawn. He is constantly on guard against any encroachment by anything other than his beloved bluegrass. He has been known to vacuum his grass to remove possible stray seeds that might have blown into his yard. That is what has him so upset about the the appearance of an a dandelion in the middle of his yard. He sprang into action, first trying to dig it out. It came back. He then tried herbicide. It thrived. This pest is proving to be an immortaweed even exhibiting herbal resurrection. Randy is weighing the use of dynamite.

Etymology: immortal (living forever; never dying or decaying) + weed (a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants)

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Deeterminate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dee ter min ayt

Sentence: When Stella realized that the dandelions were not so dandy and the crabgrass was very crabby,she decided to act. Because these weeds allowed pesky bugs to dwell, she decided to deeterminate their existance. Sure for the first few weeks,it was a Garden of Eden, but then all the weeds and bugs returned, like bad boomerangs.

Etymology: DEET (anagram for diethyl(meta)toluamidef, a bug/weed killer) & Terminate (to kill, end) and WordPlay on Determine (shape or influence)

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Greenback

fabdiva

Created by: fabdiva

Pronunciation: gr-een-back

Sentence: As he opened yet another 'final demand for payment' letter, Patrick thought it ironic that greenbacks were taking possession of his front yard.

Etymology: Green - the colour between blue and yellow. Back - in return. Wordplay - slang for 'money'

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Sasquash

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: SAS kwosh

Sentence: Cala had spent many weeks the previous year getting rid of all the different kinds of squash that had grown in her garden. She had made pickles, disguised it in zucchini bread, roasted pumpkin seeds, and cut 20 jack-o-lanterns. She had even simply put some of it in bags which she then dropped off on random doorsteps on her way to work, knowing that her own neighbors would recognize her handiwork. And now it had all returned full force in a spectacularly scary regrowth, with even bigger plants than last year, like Sasquash. Calabashed her head against the wall with the frustration. "Oh my gourd!" she now cried. "It's just not cutecumber any more. It's spaghetting worse every year!" Butternutty ways will have her replanting next summer.

Etymology: Sasquatch + squash

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Love it! Your puns are like mine...not for the marrow-minded! - Nosila, 2010-11-02: 22:21:00

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Eradicaint

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ee-RAD-ehck-aynt

Sentence: Over the course of the growing season Livonia had tried all kinds of chemicals, digging, chopping, lawn mower, and with her latest effort of pouring charcoal starter fluid and lighting it, she was distressed to find that this too was one more eradicaint when she saw the plant flourishing a couple days later.

Etymology: Blend of 'eradicate' (eliminate, dispose of, wipe out) and 'aint' (is not)

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Darennial

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: der en neeyal

Sentence: Michelle had always known that dandelions were darennials. They dared to grow everywhere and they did. No amount of herbicide or digging got rid of them totally. They grew in cracks in the concrete, in the grass and garden and anywhere else they wanted. These darennials, caused her dispairennials and were unfairennials. Michelle swore that if she actually planted them they were rebelennial enough not to grow where you wanted them. Obstinate and defiant, Michelle thought of them as swearennials. Well, if you can't beat them, join them. Michelle decided to harvest their leaves for salads, their roots for herbal laxatives and their flowers for wine and edible salads. Of course, wouldn't you know it...the year Michelle counted on the bumper crop to start her health food empire, nary a yellow bloom appeared. Somehow they had gotten wind they would be put to work and they disappeared...sounds like Michelle's brother, Michael, the King of the Benefits, the Dole-y Lama!

Etymology: Dare ( a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy) & Perennial (A plant lastin g 3 seasons or more and recurring again & again).

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metrohumanx Your creative mind blooms like an OH-PUN lotus blossom. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 01:41:00

Excellennial! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 09:53:00

Thanks, metro...it'd due to an abundance of fertilizer! - Nosila, 2009-04-25: 22:09:00

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Clovercome

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: klo ver kum

Sentence: Daisy's attempts to unsuccessfully remove the clover from her lawn made her realize that she was now clovercome.

Etymology: Clover (3 leaved plant that is hard to get rid of) & Overcome (rendered powerless especially by an excessive amount or profusion of something)

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Boomeragweed

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: boo-ma-rag-weed

Sentence: Boomeragweeds had taken over the lawn despite every effort to eradiate them. The gardener had developed a very impressive physique from hacking at them with a hoe everytime they returned, but he had also contracted a strange cough from exposure to the cocktail of chemicals that had been sprayed in the preceding months.

Etymology: boomerang (keeps coming back when you throw one with practice) + ragweed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragweed )

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petaj LOL. I quite like that I had a typo. Was supposed to be eradicate. But trying to nuke the weeks is another option. - petaj, 2009-04-20: 06:23:00

petaj typos, weeks should be weeds - petaj, 2009-04-20: 06:23:00

Your booming great create strikes the right weedy chords here! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 17:39:00

Boomeragweed...they always come back! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:24:00

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Eradicaint

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ee-RAD-ehck-aynt

Sentence: Over the course of the growing season Gloria had tried all kinds of chemicals, digging, chopping, lawn mower, and with her latest effort of pouring charcoal starter fluid and lighting it, she was distressed to find that this too was one more eradicaint when she saw the plant flourishing a couple days later.

Etymology: Blend of 'eradicate' and 'ain't'

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must be a variety of naypalm - galwaywegian, 2009-04-20: 11:25:00

Clever blending! Great Word! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 17:35:00

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Defolihaternal

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: dee-fole-ee-HATE-err-null

Sentence: His lawn was a crop, so smooth and compliant- but marred by a dandelion so defiant! He doused it with poison and dug up the roots- tried stomping it out with his hobnail boots. His hatred it grew- and became quite diurnal- It doomed him to try to DEFOLIATERNAL. In dreams it would flourish, in truth it’s quite sad- That one odd little weed made a sane man go mad.

Etymology: DEFOLIate+HATe+etERNAL=DEFOLIHATERNAL.....DEFOLIATE:to deprive of leaves especially prematurely; Late Latin defoliatus, past participle of defoliare, from Latin de- + folium leaf[1791].....HATE: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury, extreme dislike or antipathy; Middle English, from Old English hete; akin to Old High German haz hate, Greek kēdos care.....ETERNAL: perpetual, having infinite duration, everlasting; Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus eternal, from aevum age, eternity.

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metrohumanx DIURNAL: recurring every day; Middle English, from Latin diurnalis. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 00:51:00

A fun rhyme with verbotomy whose ending might be said to be an earn-all! (ernal). - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 09:59:00

LOL! You crack me up Metro!!! Great one! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:10:00

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Permanettle

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: per-ma-net-tle

Sentence: (no offense to Dr. Suess & Fox in Socks) This is the story of Annette L. Snettle who loved to garden, but hated nettle: Have you ever heard of a permanettle battle? Well, when Annette L. battles nettles where the nettles like to settle and they settle in a kettle where Annette L. planted petals; they call this Annette L. Snettle permanettle settle metal kettle petal battle.

Etymology: permanent: forever, eternal + nettle (n): a nasty weed with stinging hairs that cause a skin reation + nettle(v): to vex or irritate

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Love it! - readerwriter, 2009-04-20: 09:31:00

Exceptional! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:01:00

We are nettle lone! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:17:00

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Surrhounded

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: sir hound ed

Sentence: Giant Dandy Lions, roared with life, all around Poison Ivy, blocking her sun and drinking up all her water. nearly strangling her and every thing else! Her husband, O. D. Stickers, tried beating them back with his thorny limbs, and was everblasting them with Weed-Be-Gone. Alas and Alack, they just grew right back ... the li-on-and-ons remained kings of the jungle! Like hope springing eternally, Dandy Lions were springing back up ... infernally. O. D. Stickers and Poison Ivy would forever be surrhounded by Dandy Lions!

Etymology: SURROUND, HOUNDED. Surround - occupy the space all around. Hounded - pestered in a persistent, constant, ceaseless manner.

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Silvery realy good word! We're all FUNNY Poets very Entertaining! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:13:00

It's like they are lion dancing, those Lion Kings! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:14:00

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Vegemutation

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: vej eh mew ta shun

Sentence: Oh no, Genevieve screamed!! She felt that the nightmare had continued as she looked out the window and saw the vegemutation that had spawned overnight. The weeds and vegetation she had sprayed, dug out, pulled or otherwise attempted to eradicate had seemingly turned into larger, denser and more omininous revisions of themselves....

Etymology: vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period,the process of growth in plants)+ mutation ((change to adadpt to new conditions;a sudden variation (the offspring differing from its parents in some well-marked character or characters) as distinguished from a gradual variation in which the new characters become fully developed only in the course of many generations))

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Terrorific! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:02:00

It's like Revenge of the Trifids! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:15:00

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Zombeanstalk

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: zämbēnstôk

Sentence: Zack planted some beans that he was told were magic. Little did he know how true that was. Once planted they could not be stopped. After harvesting a few nasty tasting beans he decided to plant tomatoes so he turned over the soil and put in a few nice plants. The next day he found the uprooted ”mater” plants plastered against the shed as if flung by some unseen hand and the zombeanstalk standing in their place. Thus began a summer of battle to reclaim the garden. Pesticides, herbicides, even hoes and machetes were no match for this evil thing. Every assault just seemed to make it stronger. The onset of Winter finally brought Zack the relief he sought. He is now desperately trying to sell his house so that he can be gone by the Spring thaw.

Etymology: zombie (a soulless corpse said to be revived by witchcraft) + beanstalk (the stem of a bean plant, proverbially fast growing and tall)

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love it! - galwaywegian, 2010-11-02: 16:06:00

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Kudzurrection

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kood-zoo-rek-shuhn

Sentence: It's Spring. It must be kudzurrection time. Kim spends all Summer trying to kill or, at least, curtail these pesky weeds only to have them sprout anew when April comes around. Aaaaaaahhhhhh!

Etymology: Kudzu (fast-growing Chinese and Japanese climbing vine) + resurrection (the act of rising from the dead)

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Rhizomemania

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: rhi-zome-ma-ni-a

Sentence: Harrietta and Henry would landscape and work all weekend long on their lawn... pulling,shoveling,whacking fiercely attacking weeds like a "rhizomemania" on a killing mission! Henry sprayed as she prayed gouging and digging with a razor edged spade. Thinking they had finally gotten rid of all of the weeds...Only to find out the next weekend all the weeds had come back! Harrietta had an attack of "rhizomemania" as she crawled in the grass jerking weeds from all over the yard! They had multiplied, Henry, she shouted! "stop what you are planting please and hurry real fast JUST LOOK the weeds are growing faster than we can pull them up they are taking over our yard!" So, Henry came running with the weed eater in tow, to appease poor ol' Harrietta. She was hysterical and just could not understand how these bothersome weeds grew so fast? Little did she know...Henry returned to his planting in the back yard planting variegated ivy,kudzu and bamboo which he thought was ideal for around the pool...

Etymology: Rhizome:A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots. Mania:An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire; a craze;madness

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metrohumanx I love the word "rhizome".Run with it, baby! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 01:06:00

Unique etymology! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:00:00

Thank you dears xoxo Deb :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:03:00

I think you meant Wry-zomemania! I'm rooting for you! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:10:00

Wry thank you Nosila! for rooting for my twisted rhizomemaniaical rhapsody :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:34:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-20: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-04-20: 00:24:00
Silvery is BRILLIANT :)~ Love the cartoon also :)

splendiction - 2009-04-20: 21:35:00
Yes I wish I had more than two votes to cast today!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-20: 00:00:23
Thank you abrakadeborah and Silvery! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-11-02: 00:06:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James