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Her lover played upon his flute, while she leaned against a tree and listened.

Often, during a thunderstorm a tree had been hit by lightning.

Marked a tree close to the camp F 85, being 85th camp from Geraldton.

Left a pack-saddle frame and two pack-bags hanging on a tree.

From the camp only plains were in sight, not a tree visible.

Marked a tree sixty yards south of camp F 74, being 74th camp from Geraldton.

That it is one tree seems to be evident from the growth of the bark only on the outside.

The tree gave a pleasant shade, and he had thrown his sombrero on a chair.

And the clipped privet bush by the trellis and the may tree by the gate.

He will never fly at your elephant, or climb a tree, or take to the water after you!


Old English treo, treow "tree" (also "wood"), from Proto-Germanic *trewan (cf. Old Frisian tre, Old Saxon trio, Old Norse tre, Gothic triu), from PIE *deru- "oak" (cf. Sanskrit dru "tree, wood," daru "wood, log;" Greek drys "oak," doru "spear;" Old Church Slavonic drievo "tree, wood;" Serbian drvo "tree," drva "wood;" Russian drevo "tree, wood;" Czech drva; Polish drwa "wood;" Lithuanian derva "pine wood;" Old Irish daur, Welsh derwen "oak," Albanian drusk "oak").

Importance of the oak in mythology is reflected in the recurring use of words for "oak" to mean "tree." In Old English and Middle English, also "thing made of wood," especially the cross of the Crucifixion and a gallows (cf. Tyburn tree, gallows mentioned 12c. at Tyburn, at junction of Oxford Street and Edgware Road, place of public execution for Middlesex until 1783). Sense in family tree first attested 1706; verb meaning "to chase up a tree" is from 1700. Tree-hugger, contemptuous for "environmentalist" is attested by 1989.



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