Flowers...
are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

smudged

You're reading a library book, and it looks like someone was eating while they were reading it. There's a nasty old ketchup blotch on the page, and it's obscured one of the words. Fortunately, you can make out some of the letters, so it shouldn't be hard to figure out what it said originally... right?

Once you figure it out, enter the complete word - not just the missing letters. :p

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last round's answer

o _ g _ n i _ m
organism