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allotment

Overview page. Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden — Environmental Science.

1 In the UK, a small plot of land rented by local people (usually from the local authority) on which they can cultivate food and flowers.

2 In the USA,...

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annual

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A plant that completes its life cycle in one year, during which time it germinates, flowers, produces seeds, and dies. Examples are the sunflower and marigold. Compare biennial; ephemeral;...

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cascade

Overview page. Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden — Earth Sciences and Geography.

1 A sequence of small waterfalls.

2 A configuration in which the output of one component is the input of another. Thus, the catchment hydrological cascade...

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compost

Overview page. Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden — Environmental Science.

A mixture of decaying organic matter, such as vegetation and manure, that is used as a fertilizer. The organic material is decomposed by aerobic saprotrophic organisms, mostly fungi and...

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conifer

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A tree or shrub that has needles and produces seeds in cones, for example pine, spruce, or fir. There are 570 species of conifer in the class Gymnospermae; most are evergreen, but a few...

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grass

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A member of the Gramineae family of flowering plants, which have long, narrow leaves and stems that are hollow or pithy in cross section.

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herb

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

1 A herbaceous plant, i.e. a seed-bearing plant that does not form hard woody tissue. Compare forb.

2 A plant with medicinal or culinary uses. Culinary...

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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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rhododendron

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

(family Ericaceae)

A genus of shrubs or trees that have big, scaly buds, simple, alternate, mostly evergreen leaves, and flowers borne in short racemes or umbel-like clusters, with...

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shrub

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

A woody plant which branches below or near ground level into several main stems, so has no clear trunk. It may be deciduous (e.g. hawthorn) or evergreen (e.g. holly). At the end of each...

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