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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRANCHES

He dug a hole and he covered it with branches and leaves and a little grass.

The moonlight, striking through the opening in the branches, fell across her.

Up in the tree sits the young gardener pruning the branches.

Bronze lampholder: Five lamps hung from the branches of this bronze tree.

But I saw him make a spring and land among the branches of the tree.

Dick looked up but he could not see the bird among the branches.

Did Donald hesitate whether his bed was to be on feathers or branches?

I saw his eyes glisten through the branches of the tree like those of a tiger.

All the branches seemed to be stretching out their flowers to me.

He is also the regular lecturer in these branches in the Female Seminary in Painesville.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, braunch, "limb of a tree" (also used of things analogous to it, especially geographic features), from Old French branche "branch, bough, twig; branch of a family" (12c.), from Late Latin branca "footprint," later "a claw, paw," of unknown origin, probably from Gaulish. The connecting notion would be the shape (cf. pedigree). Replaced native bough. Meaning "local office of a business" is first recorded 1817, from earlier sense of "component part of a system" (1690s).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.