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absentshaping n

act of man n

anarboralgia : loss of concentration due to lack of exposure to views of trees through windows

animicious : the accuracy with which a candy animal represents the animal after which it is fashioned

anthropnest : an animal nest constructed with human-made fibers

anthropodenial : "the a priori rejection of humanlike traits in other animals or animallike traits in us." Frans de Vaal, NYTimes, April 2016

april dregs : garbage left behind after snow melt

aquarie n

arbormunch : when a tree grows to engulf a statue or sculpture

arborphoria : the benficial effect of looking at trees on mood and mental performance

audid n

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barge bums : barnacles living on the side of a boat

bitterchoke : damage done to vegetation by the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

bodhisizing : when a group of people resonate or communicate in a way that transcends language or words

bubblescum : the brownish bubbles occurring in sea foam that has been polluted with excess nitrogen runoff

bunrunzen n

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candefic nex : a human-made substance unintentionally ingested by an animal which then becomes deadly. As bleach or oil.

carnamity : the bond between humans and animals who eat meat

cartographic cryptography : limiting human access to fragile natural attractions through obscuring or falsifying maps

chiprooting : when chipmunks burrow down to gnaw at the roots of newly-planted perennials and shrubs

churum : a creature that lives exclusively in urban puddles

cinevacation n

cleat mulch : goose poop on an athletic playing field

coal cloud n

coywolf toy n

creature cure : when a veterinarian cures an animal

crowdpathing v

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dauthus plasticus : death by plastic ingestion

digital jungle : the way in which nature is becoming more an engineered object and technology is becoming more complex, more like nature (Danny Hillis)

directree : when a tree grows to engulf a street sign

Disney's Law of Evolution : the process by which animals found cute by humans experience population growth and habitat protection

dogexposium n

dove slop : trash eaten by pigeons

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ecoempathy n

enscorcle : the act by an animal or bird of incorporating a human-made substance into a nest, den, or other object

envirolexicide : the act of removing from a dictionary a word that describes something in nature

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faktractive : the way that fake objects are sometimes more attractive than real ones, as stones, jewels, breasts

false first : a narrative that promotes group or individual as being the first to discover a natural or wild setting, when, in truth, the area was known by indigenous people long before

fauxtotropism : a plant that grows towards artificial light, or light reflected by a mirrored building

fence-burl : chunk of tree trunk or branches remaining on a chain link fence after the rest has been cut away

filthtration : water that becomes polluted when filtering through layers of city ground-covering, rather than purified when filtered through soil

fishluv : the curiosity, affinity, and anxiety that seals and people have for each other when playing in the surf

fleurbinding v

flibbing : saying the ingredients of a food are "all-natural"

florafaux : fake plants

florad : using plants in advertising

floral confusion : when you mistake a real plant for a fake plant

florapportunist n

florisson : a physical sensation attendant on an experience in, or related to, the natural world

frondlebath n

fruit-gnome : an animal who eats your garden fruits/veggies

fwater : food and water are both essential to human and animal survival; food for humans requires water to produce

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gallerarium n

garden thug : not a habitat invader, a plant that has growing and reproductive features making it too aggressive in the home landscape

ghost hall : the structure left behind inside an abandoned mineshaft

glasp : the moment just before an animal realizes your vehicle is too close and runs or flies out of the way

gobsprout v

gold dust : coating of pollen on outdoor objects and infrastructure

grass scream : the smell of grass freshly cut by humans

gravenant : a man-made material being reabsorbed by a tree, rock, or dirt

gravening : tree bark wrapping around a man-made material, e.g. the remnant of a wire once used to hang a wind-chime or bird-feeder, barbed wire a plastic cord

gravlexis : the set of words which only exist because of gravity, such as: up, heavy, waterfall, perpendicular

greckle n

greenfluence : green spaces are more numerous in affluent areas

grussets n

gurstacle n

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hasaural n

heap what you throw phrase

heir conditioning : turning on the air conditioning so you can use the fireplace in the summer

high bunk : a bird's nest on a tall building

hominal conflagration: wild fires caused by matches

hoop sag : how car tires get flat when the weather gets colder

hoseawry : (pronounced haz-or-i) the lawn indentation resulting from lazily leaving the hose sprawled there after watering. Any resemblance to the Yiddish homophone "chazeri"(snack foods used for "pigging out") is purely coincidental

hubcap lap : the way an animal runs from car traffic, darting

human work : a structure you come across in the woods that could only have been made by a human

humanimal : when humans and animals co-exist peacefully

husband husbandry : when you ask your husband to water your houseplants while you are away

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jisalagshimi n

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kailcronshinack n

killit n

kidree n

kinderpluck : the instinctive grasping and picking of plant material, especially flowers, by children aged twelve months to 7-8 years

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lightastic adj

lionhume : the way that lions and people both eat meat

log zap : a tree that has fallen on a power line

lumentis n

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maliptution : an inability or shame in communicating your natural self

Mamalite : plastic synthesized from human breast milk (see Slow Plastic)

mary-ding : dent in a car made by hail

melt-down break : a genetic mutation in a plant or animal caused by nuclear power plant disaster

metrocones : stalagmites and stalactites in a subway system

mibbling : when ants eat food in a driveway

Milkaline : plastic synthesized at home from milk (see Slow Plastic)

mistaken trash can : litter thrown in flower pots

moshnoshing : when a vegan is eaten by another animal

mulch volcano : the unhealthy practice of mounding too much mulch up and around a tree trunk. This can kill the surface roots, harming, and even killing the tree

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natfeel : when a human experiences anything in nature by any method - or - any human experience with/in/about/related to nature - or - the quality of being like natfeel

natspeak : when a human makes any sound or gesture to imitate any sound in nature - or - the sound a human makes when they natspeak - or - any sound or gesture made by a human that is like natspeak

natview : when a human looks at anything in nature - or - any picture/image or any other representation of anything in nature - or - anything that reminds a human of a natview - or - the quality of being like a natview

nativeplantster : an individual who is very interested in indigenous flora

nature deficit disorder : what happens to children when they have limited access to the outdoors

noseeweed n

nutdrop : when a squirrel drops an acorn on a person's head

nutnick : dent in a car made by a falling acorn

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this word has no characters n

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oceawe n

origin amnesia : sense of separateness from the star dust we're made of. You are a product of thousands of loves. your one-celled elders. see also: unicellular estrangement

other air n

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palabractivist n

pan-nature : all of nature including animals, plants, and humans and the objects and results of animal, plant, and human activity

petrol mortis : corpse of an animal killed by oil spill

pheeze n

plant blindness : inability to notice plants and their features because of lack of access and attention

plantaholic : a gardener who can never say no to a gift of cuttings or garden plants

plasmat : a mixture of garbage, leaves and dirt forming a mat on the ground

plasticassassina n

polyflor : a discarded plastic bag on natural ground, dirt, or plants

prismus lacu : rainbow sheen of oil on water

prosthetic irony : when an animal loses a limb due to human industrial activity, and is outfitted with an artificial limb

puppy coddling n

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quizzect n

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rainbow water n

reanimalia : animals living in abandoned vehicles or buildings

reefsular adj

roadwort : ivy on traffic lights and signs

root-kilter n

rubbish kill : animal death from ingesting human garbage

rumbleduster : a cathedral in the woods that only exists when people are in it

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sandance v

sandletan n

saver culture : a lifestyle of conscious, sustainable use of materials and objects, in opposition to consumer culture

salight adj

screenaxed : the way trees look on video

seagull-steal : when seagulls steal your food!

sispa n

skreek : the sound made when a branch scrapes against the side of a building

solastalgia : "people's emotional distress when their home landscapes become unrecognizeable through environmental change"

solsquint : the involuntary facial reaction (humans) have to coming from darkness into light (sun).

soulsquint : a feeling that is similar to solsquint, but more encompassing

Slow Plastic : a movement of people synthesizing plastic and plastic objects from food and other non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients, to reclaim an awareness of and responsibility for plastic production and use

snowfelled v

sootwhistle : asthma caused by smog

spamm : when an animal ingests inorganic human-manufactured waste that can't be digested

spectrum of influence: the spectrum whose poles are: no human influence (untrammeled wilderness) to all human influence (fully manufactured cityscape)

squalktalk n

station-weed : weeds growing in an underground subway station with minimal water and light sources

sticky rime : frost on a car windshield that's hard to wipe off

stuckwood : tree that has grown through a metal chain link fence

suburbatopia n

suckerprint : the visual traces of a vine left on a wall after the vine is removed.

sunscream : the sound produced when sunscreen is applied to a 4-year old at the beach

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terramour n

the entanglement : the way in which nature and technology are becoming more and more entangled, the distinction between the two is becoming meaningless (Danny Hillis)

the murks : feeling of unwellness produced in city residents by high levels of smog

the whole anthill : the whole earth as a site of human activity

third-floor visitor : plastic bag stuck and billowing in the branches of a tree

timbercake : property squashed under a fallen tree in extreme weather

track-flaque : rain puddles in a road

transatmosphobia : worry about climate change

trashinate : when an animal digs up trash

tuarne : the act of putting nature in a museum in order to experience nature

twisteraction n

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unicellular estrangement : sense of separateness from the star dust we're made of. You are a product of thousands of loves. your one-celled elders. see also: origin amnesia

Universal Declaration of Earth Rights : a resolution proposed for adoption by the United Nations General Assembly insuring the fundamental, inalienable rights of the earth and its resources

unsettling the veil phrase

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volksunder : lying about your emissions standards

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watercure n

wuffer n

wildernize : to promote the idea that parts of the biosphere still exist which are "wild" or "untrammeled" and unaffected by humans. Such as in the IMAX® BBC documentary Wild Africa.

windsewn v

wet blaze : electrical fire caused by a rainstorm shorting the electricity in a building

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zooicide : when an animal or human is killed during an encounter at a zoo

zygoat : animals born from artificial insemination