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'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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Sacriherb

Created by: thebaron

Pronunciation: sa-cri-herb

Sentence: Those ugly easter lilies became Aunt Ida's latest sacriherb.

Etymology: sacrifice + herb (plant)

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Aspidostracize

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ass pid oss tra size

Sentence: Marvin's Mother-In-Law, Lily, finally went home after her 3 week visit. It was the longest 3 weeks of Marvin's life, as his Mother-in-law was only to eager to point out Marvin's short-comings in fixing up their new place. His wife, Fern, thought it was sweet that her mother had given them a lovely houseplant as a house-warming gift. The Aspidistra was attractive with healthy green foliage, but it constantly reminded Marvin of Lily, so he decided to aspidostracize it in the hopes it would die of neglect outside. It not only survived on the front porch, it thrived and luckily the climate was suitable for it year round. Pretty soon the entire front flower bed was populated with it's baby plants, which also flourished. But every time Marvin came near the plants, he felt they were watching him. They had pistils and they knew how to use them and they were planning to plant him outside soon, too.

Etymology: Aspidistra (evergreen perennial with large handsome basal leaves; grown primarily as a foliage houseplant...also known as Cast Iron Plant,Barroom Plant) & Ostracize (shun;banish;expel from a community or group)

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Bloomingales

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: bloom/in/gales

Sentence: Chris carefully positioned all his Christmas plants in the shelter of the taller conifers hoping that Darwin's theory would prove correct and they might survive. It wasn't enough though to protect them from the blizzard and gale force winds and the little plants cried out to him "Why do you love us only at Christmas? We're not bred to bloomingales.

Etymology: bloom + gales + bloomingdales

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Botanicice

Created by: LotusB

Pronunciation: Boat-an-ic-ice

Sentence: That ugly plant has got to go - botanicice that thing and let's be done with it!

Etymology: Botanic (plants) + Ice (slang; murder, also play on cold weather) = Botanicice

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Floracide

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: flor-uh-side

Sentence: In a blatant attempt to commit floracide on an unwanted hideous tropical houseplant she had gotten as a gift, Etta left it outdoors on the patio during a blizzard.

Etymology: 'Flora' (Plants considered as a group) with the suffix 'cide' (from Latin meaning “killer,” “act of killing,” used in the formation of compound words)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Yes, a blizzard WILL do the trick. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-13: 02:36:00

Now that is just plain "cold-hearted." - lumina, 2008-10-13: 22:23:00

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Overstalk

Created by: astorey

Pronunciation: oh-ver-stalk

Sentence: Melissa liked her plants and generally tried to take good care of them. But when she travelled or forgot to water them, only the ones who could switch to desert mode would survive. The rest became, in Melissa's mind, overstalk, and her neglect moved from benign to willful, as she started planning what the overstalk's pot would hold next.

Etymology: Alteration of "overstock" to incorporate stalk, as in a plant stem. Also intended to imply that you are over the stalk.

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COMMENTS:

cute...Maybe she should stalk to her plants to get them growing... - Nosila, 2008-10-13: 20:21:00

metrohumanx hahaha- "desert mode"....how optimistically deniable. Good one! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-14: 03:11:00

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Botanikiller

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bəˈtani kilər

Sentence: Doris was such a sweet person that her neighbors found it shocking to find out that she was a botanikiller. They thought she was trying to give her house plants a boost of sunshine when they were set out on the deck. When the first frost hit, they were concerned. When the first snow came, it was clear that her intent was homicidal.

Etymology: botanical (of or relating to plants) + killer (a person, animal, or thing that causes death)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Botanikiller would make a great movie title. Nice, artr! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-13: 11:20:00

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Herbamortem

elisabeth

Created by: elisabeth

Pronunciation: The a and b are silent. Herr-mortem

Sentence: Your foxtail fern is herbamortem. OH NO!

Etymology: Dutch

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Exfloriate

Created by: amcfarlane

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Sentence: Jack decided to exfloriate the grim-looking rubber plant his great aunt had purchased him for a house-warming present.

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Agribandon

Created by: apeavy

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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