witches' broom love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An abnormal brushlike growth of weak, closely clustered shoots or branches on a tree, such as the hackberry, caused by fungi or viruses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an abnormal tufted growth of small branches on a tree or shrub caused by fungi or insects or other physiological disturbance


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  • thanks ry! Can you give me a bit more info on the glitchiness? An email would be awesome if you have time!

    I'm looking into a bunch of related encoding issues right now ...

    April 15, 2014

  • erinmckean / wordnik staff: can something be done about the glitchiness in lookups where an apostrophe is present in the word? Replace ' with ’ in all definitions and then also replace ' with ’ when search or word page urls are generated, similar to how the browser replaces space with %20? but actually no that's not server-side... hm (I hope it doesn't sound like i know what i'm talking about, b/c i don't). Anyway. It would be awesome if it were fixed.

    April 15, 2014