nurdle
 n.— «Ask a group of people to name an overwhelming global problem, and you’ll hear about climate change, the Middle East, or AIDS. No one, it is guaranteed, will cite the sloppy transport of nurdles as a concern. And yet nurdles, lentil-size pellets of plastic in its rawest form, are especially effective couriers of waste chemicals called persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, which include known carcinogens such as DDT and PCBs.» —“Plastic Ocean” by Susan Casey BestLife (Emmaus, Pennsylvania) Feb. 2, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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