Thursday, 19 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Some Trees are Deciduous

The tree from Delhi was deciduous...

Deciduous means "falling off at maturity" or "tending to fall off", and is typically used in reference to trees or shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally, and to the shedding of other plant structures such as petals after flowering or fruit when ripe. In a more general sense, deciduous means the dropping of a part that is no longer needed, or falling away after its purpose is finished. In plants it is the result of natural processes.

The Delhi postcard made it to Canberra... without a tree.  Perhaps the part that 'tended to fall off' was no longer needed?

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


tree  (tr)
a. A perennial woody plant having a main trunk and usually a distinct crown.
b. A plant or shrub resembling a tree in form or size.
2. Something, such as a clothes tree, that resembles a tree in form.
3. A wooden beam, post, stake, or bar used as part of a framework or structure.
4. A saddletree.
5. A diagram that has branches in descending lines showing relationships as of hierarchy or lineage: a family tree; a telephone tree.
6. Computer Science A structure for organizing or classifying data in which every item can be traced to a single origin through a unique path.
7. Archaic
a. A gallows.
b. The cross on which Jesus was crucified.
tr.v. treedtree·ingtrees
1. To force up a tree: Dogs treed the raccoon.
2. Informal To force into a difficult position; corner.
3. To supply with trees: treed the field with oaks.
4. To stretch (a shoe or boot) onto a shoetree.
up a tree Informal
In a situation of great difficulty or perplexity; helpless.

[Middle English, from Old English trow; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]