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He might plant two shots before there was a return; he let the idea slip away from him.

I could not succeed in finding the plant for which they had been digging.

But, when I'm out of this, I'll hunt you down again and I'll plant you full of lead, my son!

True, the plant has enemies, like everything else, enemies which it may not escape.

Now as for these rotters, I'll plant a crop of fists on their faces.

Every part of this plant was put to some use by the Egyptians.

In the belief of the Indians this plant opens the door to visions.

The plant grows a number of years before it decides to flower.

No wonder that plant has ever since borne the well-omened name.

You can no more judge of a mind in ignorance than of a plant in darkness.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English plante "young tree or shrub, herb newly planted," from Latin planta "sprout, shoot, cutting" (source of Spanish planta, French plante), perhaps from *plantare "to drive in with the feet, push into the ground with the feet," from planta "sole of the foot," from nasalized form of PIE *plat- "to spread, flat" (see place (n.)).

Broader sense of "any vegetable life, vegetation generally" is first recorded 1550s. Most extended usages are from the verb, on the notion of "something planted;" e.g. "construction for an industrial process," 1789, at first with reference to the set-up of machinery, later also the building; also slang meaning "a spy" (1812). Many of these follow similar developments in the French form of the word. German Pflanz, Irish cland, Welsh plant are from Latin.

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