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chained_bear commented on the word vegetable leprosy
"'I never knew a tree could be ugly until I saw a blue-gum: others of the same kind too, with dull, leathery, discouraged leaves and their bark hanging down in great strips, a vegetable leprosy...'"
--Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 299
I don't think it means anything in particular (other than that the speaker doesn't like gum trees), but I love this phrase. It reminds me of the crisper drawer in my refrigerator.
March 9, 2008
bilby commented on the word vegetable leprosy
I'm campaigning to have crisper drawer renamed the rotter. Might as well be honest about it.
November 9, 2008
See also creeping skerit. Just because it sounds like what this means.
July 1, 2009
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