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Acanthus

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

(family Acanthaceae)

A genus of shrubs and perennial herbs, most of which are xeromorphic and have spiny leaves. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals. The upper lip of the...

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aśoka

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

An evergreen tree (Saraca indica) with a spectacular red flower. Sacred to Śiva, it is associated with chastity, and is said to bloom if kicked by a pure girl.

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balk

Overview page. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Architecture.

1 Any large piece of squared timber.

2 Lintel or summer-beam.

3 Upper roof-tie, or balk-tie, between rafters.

4null...

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banyan

Overview page. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Hinduism.

Species of fig tree (Ficus) that have spreading crowns and descending prop roots. They commence life as epiphytes; then descending anastomosing (see anastomosis) roots strangle the trunk of...

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dammar

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

A resinous exudate of Agathis, some Burseraceae, and many Dipterocarpaceae in the rain forests of Malesia. It is still in demand for specialist varnishes.

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deal

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

Softwood planking imported to Britain, especially from the Baltic region. Usually it is composed of Scots pine (red deal) or Norway spruce (white deal).

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gamboge

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

The solidified yellow resin of certain Garcinia species (especially G. hanburyi), used as a paint pigment. Cambodia, whence it comes, derives its name from this product.

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lime

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

1 See Citrus

2 (linden) See Tilia.

3 Compounds mostly of calcium carbonates, but also other basic (alkaline) substances, used to...

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orchid

Overview page. Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.

Romanesque octopus-leaf, a leaf-like form with pronounced round fleshy lobes.

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pawpaw

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

Asimina triloba. See Annonaceae and disjunct distribution.

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