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laurel tree

sacred to Apollo; a wreath of laurel, or bay, protected the wearer from thunderstorms. [Roman Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 81]
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In making this proposal, I run an experiment in speculative natural history, in which I observe and identify and name, in different media, the Ovidian plant-poem that we would expect to be--but seems missing from--Gerard's account of the laurel tree. As strange or counterintuitive as it may seem as a scholarly method, such a practice insists on a formal relation between descriptive natural history and blazon poetry.
Female Excellence Award for Long-Running Drama - So Yoo Jin ("Five Children"), and Jo Yoon Hee ("Laurel Tree Tailors")
The laurel tree was cunningly captured by a diaphanous dress of lighted twigs, placed over Daphne's moss green tunic.
This fiendishly ambitious group, itself based on Bernini's celebrated sculpture, captures the moment when the nymph Daphne, unwillingly pursued by Apollo, begins her transformation into a laurel tree. Estimate 100,000 [pounds sterling]-115,000 [pounds sterling].
Twittering (bird style) Birds twittering at me, more and more, But they built their nest outside my back door, In a laurel tree that is so grand, This I do, of them, understand, I have this way to pass in and out, That is what my life is about, I have, by birds, been bombarded before, And that was in my garden, not by the door, Do they not know that I supply their feed, With nuts, fat balls and the seed, Told off once when rescuing a young bird, Its parent you should have heard, Talk about a good dressing down, Or was it that of a think you sound, I do love the birds that come to call, God, as we know him, made one and all, Like us, they have their own life to lead, Being of nature, just trying to succeed.
The claim that the 'columna' cannot even be destroyed or deterred by Jove's thunderbolts (his wrath) recalls an important property of the laurel tree, rather than an actual column: according to mythology, the laurel is indestructible, impervious to even Jove's fury.
Roots of a mature laurel tree are far reaching in depth and in lateral growth (Haggar and Ewel, 1995) with a limited amount of branching, a structure that is typical for plants that require large amounts of nitrogen.
The branch-hair might be associated with the Greek myth of Daphne turning into a laurel tree and recall Bernini's famous sculpture depicting that transformation, but Ruttenberg's scenes are characterised by rigidity and brittleness and her surfaces, when not simply depictive, are more often repellent than seductive.
glabratus, but was included in this study as a potential host since it is a laurel tree native to south Florida, commonly found in coastal hammocks and pinelands.
Two saw-whet owls up there in the laurel tree mirrored the big-eyed dreams of ordinary men, and from a distance, the faint smells of camphor and a meadow of gentian.
The leaves of the laurel tree were made into wreaths and crowns in Roman times for heroes and poets, hence the title 'poet laureate', meaning 'the wreathed or crowned poet'.
Which nymph, who was pursued by Apollo, was changed into a laurel tree?