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Compound Words Quiz #5

Can you guess these compound words based on a definition?
A compound word is formed by combining two shorter words
Examples: Houseboat, pineapple, breadstick
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Definition
Word
Spine
Backbone
Plant that is like a drug to cats
Catnip
Breed of racing dog
Greyhound
Unique unit of falling snow
Snowflake
Purple vegetable also known as
an aubergine
Eggplant
Hexagonal cells of beeswax
Honeycomb
One who takes the blame for
another's mistakes
Scapegoat
Orange-colored variety of carp
Goldfish
Plant that blows through the streets
of deserted towns
Tumbleweed
Person who stands on the sidelines
during a dance
Wallflower
Definition
Word
Plant that retains its leaves through winter
Evergreen
To meet for the purpose of generating ideas
Brainstorm
Mandible
Jawbone
Place where grapes are grown
Vineyard
Device that measures time using falling sand
Hourglass
World's tallest type of tree
Redwood
Plant from which tofu is made
Soybean
Firearm which shoots lots of small pellets
Shotgun
Person from Canada or the northern U.S.
who travels south for the winter
Snowbird
Animal skin that has not yet been
turned into leather
Rawhide
43 Comments
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Level 83
Oct 4, 2015
What about eggtimer for hourglass?
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Level 66
Oct 18, 2015
agreed
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2019
Disagree! "egg timer" = two words
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2024
"Eggtimer" seems to be a rarer spelling in corpora but far from non-existent
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Level 70
Aug 9, 2019
And more importantly it doesnt have sand in it..
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2024
pretty sure as a child we always referred to hourglasses as 'eggtimers' but maybe I'm remembering wrong
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Level 73
Aug 10, 2019
The egg timers my mum used when I was a kid (60's) definitely did have sand in them. But agreed, it is two words.
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Level 70
Apr 11, 2024
yea I am seeing my comment and think hey they could have sand in them (even before remembering the actual modern ones) But basicly those are just small hourglasses. An hour glass used for timing the cooking of eggs. Some games include tiny hourglasses too, but they are still hourglasses.
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Level 57
Aug 5, 2019
How about grapevine for where grapes grow?
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Level 78
Aug 6, 2019
Where did you hear that ?
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Level 89
Apr 4, 2022
Marvin Gaye or CCR. I can't remember exactly.
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Level 70
Apr 5, 2022
I heard from some raisins.
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Level 70
Apr 14, 2022
I heard it on the grapevine.
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Level 79
Nov 13, 2022
I heard it through the grapevine.
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Level 64
Apr 4, 2022
In linguistics, we recognize three types of compound words: closed, open, and hyphenated. Open compounds include the like of shrinking violet, which would work for your bystander question.

It would be helpful to specify which type of compound you are looking for, although orthography varies

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Level 78
Nov 21, 2022
so which one would be "hairsplitter?"
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Level 83
Apr 4, 2022
scapegoat = one who *gets* the blame (or one who is blamed) for another's mistakes. "Take the blame" implies it's more voluntary
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Level 79
Apr 4, 2022
Agreed
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Level 80
Apr 5, 2022
Fall guy would be the one who takes the hit for another's mistake. But I believe that's still two separate words.
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Level 87
Apr 7, 2022
I tried both "fallguy" and "fallperson" before giving up. Scapegoat made sense after the fact, but I agree with the above that a scapegoat is more of someone who *gets* the blame, rather than one who takes the blame.
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Level 67
Apr 17, 2022
I think 'take' could have either meaning, voluntary or involuntary albeit more often involuntary. Besides, a scapegoat can even be voluntary so there's nothing incorrect about the clue.
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Level 83
Apr 5, 2022
Airsoft and paintball both shoot lots of small pellets. Also, 2 _____bone answers in one quiz?
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Level 87
Apr 7, 2022
I haven't heard of paintballs being called pellets before. Just me?
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Level 78
Apr 8, 2022
You are not alone. Paintballs are not pellets.
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Level 81
Nov 14, 2022
They also aren't firearms.
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Level 75
Apr 8, 2022
I was disappointed that carpetbagger did not work for the traveling question.
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Level 75
Apr 10, 2022
Or "frostback"
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Level 63
Nov 14, 2022
Carpetbagger is a completely different concept. A person from the northern states who went to the South after the Civil War to profit from the Reconstruction. Please don't label me a pedant.
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2022
No. You are definitely correct. There's a historical connotation with Carpetbagger.
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Level 70
Apr 14, 2022
I went for 'Thinktank' instead of 'Brainstorm'.
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Level 56
May 18, 2022
“Roundtable” for “brainstorm”?
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Level 81
Nov 13, 2022
Whelp, I didn’t know the word wallflower, but I think I can safely say that I am one.
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Level 51
Nov 14, 2022
There's a very famous book (and movie) you should check out: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
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Level 70
Nov 13, 2022
Please add 'soyabean' as a type in. Although strictly speaking it should be two words, the terms 'soy' and 'soya' are interchangeable.
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Level 72
Nov 15, 2022
Agreed - it's more often called "soya" here in the UK :)
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Level 69
Nov 13, 2022
too many of these have perfectly acceptable other answers which aren't given

peashooter, capgun, thinktank, eggtimer, cowhide

a quiz question should have an answer

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Level 68
Nov 14, 2022
Others have mentioned it, but roundtable and thinktank for brainstorm?
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Level 67
Nov 14, 2022
Accept scattergun for shotgun?
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Level 55
Nov 15, 2022
Can't believe it doesn't accept "magikarp" for the orange carp question.
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2022
Maybe if the clue was "completely useless orange colored variety of carp." :-)
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Level 40
Nov 16, 2022
Could "cheerleader" technically work for "wallflower?"
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Level 78
Nov 21, 2022
in my experience, the cheerleaders were busy on the dance floor. Cheerleader and wallflower are nearly opposites.
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Level 60
Jul 11, 2024
accept soyabean?

granted it's less common but it's still used fairly frequently.