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 for blivet
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  blivet
   /bliv'@t/, n.
  
      [allegedly from a World War II military term meaning ?ten pounds of manure
      in a five-pound bag?]
  
      1. An intractable problem.
  
      2. A crucial piece of hardware that can't be fixed or replaced if it
      breaks.
  
      3. A tool that has been hacked over by so many incompetent programmers that
      it has become an unmaintainable tissue of hacks.
  
      4. An out-of-control but unkillable development effort.
  
      5. An embarrassing bug that pops up during a customer demo.
  
      6. In the subjargon of computer security specialists, a denial-of-service
      attack performed by hogging limited resources that have no access controls
      (for example, shared spool space on a multi-user system).
  
      This term has other meanings in other technical cultures; among
      experimental physicists and hardware engineers of various kinds it seems to
      mean any random object of unknown purpose (similar to hackish use of frob
      ). It has also been used to describe an amusing trick-the-eye drawing
      resembling a three-pronged fork that appears to depict a three-dimensional
      object until one realizes that the parts fit together in an impossible way.
  
      [blivet]
  
      This is a blivet
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  blivet
  
     /bliv'*t/ [allegedly from a World War II military term meaning
     "ten pounds of manure in a five-pound bag"] 1. An intractable
     problem.
  
     2. A crucial piece of hardware that can't be fixed or replaced
     if it breaks.
  
     3. A tool that has been hacked over by so many incompetent
     programmers that it has become an unmaintainable tissue of
     hacks.
  
     4. An out-of-control but unkillable development effort.
  
     5. An embarrassing bug that pops up during a customer demo.
  
     6. In the subjargon of computer security specialists, a
     denial-of-service attack performed by hogging limited
     resources that have no access controls (for example, shared
     spool space on a multi-user system).
  
     This term has other meanings in other technical cultures;
     among experimental physicists and hardware engineers of
     various kinds it seems to mean any random object of unknown
     purpose (similar to hackish use of frob).  It has also been
     used to describe an amusing trick-the-eye drawing resembling a
     three-pronged fork that appears to depict a three-dimensional
     object until one realises that the parts fit together in an
     impossible way.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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