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xoconostle (noun) : a Mexican cactus (Opuntia matudae); also : the fruit of this cactus

Submitted by: on Jul. 24, 2014 00:23

xenocide

(noun) : the deliberate and systematic destruction of a species

It was unthinkable, but they had done it—Congress had sent the order to destroy a world. To commit xenocide. —Orson Scott Card, Xenocide, 1991

Submitted by: Michael Buyna from Florida on Jul. 23, 2014 10:32

retropulse (noun) : a backward motion

Submitted by: Timpson from Missouri on Jul. 22, 2014 13:03

hyporheic (adjective) : of or relating to the environment beneath a streambed or riverbed

Great differences occur among their physicochemical processes, including biogeochemical pathways, the relative ecological importance of the floodplain (if present), the main stem of the river or stream, the hyporheic zone (the environment below the bed), and contiguous terrestrial areas. —Kenneth H. Mann, Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.

Submitted by: Paola Lombardo from Italy on Jul. 22, 2014 12:07

twi (abbreviation) : texting while intoxicated

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jul. 21, 2014 19:29

homosapianity (noun) : the state of being a human

Submitted by: vanessa from Florida on Jul. 21, 2014 15:48

Obamaton

(noun) : a person who follows U.S. President Barack Obama blindly

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jul. 20, 2014 00:04

Hillarycare (noun) : the form of healthcare proposed by Hillary Clinton when she was first lady

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jul. 20, 2014 00:03

EDM (abbreviation) : electronic dance music

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jul. 19, 2014 23:53

ignostic

(adjective) : believing that statements about the existence of God are meaningless because there is no clear-cut definition of what or who God is

Secular people are, for the most part, ignostic or biblically illiterate. —Ernan A. Norman, A Strategy for Reaching Secular People, 2007

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jul. 19, 2014 23:24

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