greenhouse

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greenhouse

Pronunciation /ˈɡriːnhaʊs/
noun
A glass building in which plants that need protection from cold weather are grown.

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The most salient fact is that a greenhouse isn’t itself green but houses green things inside.

diligence

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diligence(2)
Pronunciation /ˈdɪlɪdʒ(ə)ns/
noun
historical
A public stagecoach.

Origin
Late 17th century from French, shortened from carrosse de diligence ‘coach of speed’.

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Don stepped up into the bus with his backpack in front of him and found a seat right behind the driver. Don thought it was a hoot that the historical novel he had just been reading in the station had the main character riding in a diligence, something like the cross-state bus he, himself, was riding.

scungy

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scungy

Pronunciation /ˈskʌndʒi/
adjective – scungier, scungiest
informal Australian, New Zealand
Dirty and disagreeable.

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Dave was determined to remain scungy for what was left of the day. He’d showered twice, only to be called again to do another dirty job. He would not let it happen again. Joan was understandably perturbed. She had guests coming for dinner. That they were her snooty friends had nothing to do with his decision.

puncture

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puncture

Pronunciation /ˈpʌŋ(k)tʃə/
noun
1 A small hole in a tyre resulting in an escape of air.
1.1 A small hole in something such as the skin, caused by a sharp object.
verb
[with object]
1 Make a puncture in (something)
1.1 no object Sustain a puncture.
2 Cause a sudden collapse of (mood or feeling)

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin punctura, from punct- ‘pricked’, from the verb pungere. The verb dates from the late 17th century.

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At this very juncture
I do not wish to puncture
The rising balloon of your plan,
Though it’s clear I easily can.

Instead let me just suggest
That you think what might be best,
Not just what is expedient,
For your ultimate ingredient.

Consider your intended guests
Yes, they’ve come expecting zests
But they’re still seeking your best cooking.
It’s not ’cause you’re good looking.

So please hold off from excess
Avoid a terrible mess.
Sidetrack that full wheelbarrow
Of blazing hot habanero.