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see monthmonth,
in chronology, the conventional period of a lunation, i.e., passage of the moon through all its phases. It is usually computed at approximately 29 or 30 days. For the computation of the month and its harmony with the solar calendar and for the months in others than the
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name for several plants; in England, particularly the hawthornhawthorn,
any species of the genus Crataegus of the family Rosaceae (rose family), shrubs and trees widely distributed in north temperate climates and especially common in E North America.
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. See also mayflowermayflower,
in botany, name for several spring-blooming plants. In England the hawthorn is called mayflower, or may; in North America the name is used for the trailing arbutus, the hepatica, and an herb (Maianthemum canadense) of the family Liliaceae (lily family).
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Sir Robert McCredie. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist
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Colwyn Bay beach was a study in sepia with a solitary figure walking a dog and all along the journey the hedgerows,dripping with moisture, were covered in May blossom. ``Ne'er cast a clout till May is out'' my mother was wont to quote - an expression that refers to the blossom rather than the month - if I dared ask if I could leave my liberty bodice off.
She was crowned by Lynne Taylor, five, of Hawthorne Terrace, with a coronet of May blossom.
He has taken his fair share of stick, now he may blossom with more consistency.
Trouble - Boucheron: Fresh and oriental, with citron and foxglove teamed with jasmine, may blossom and amber.
By the end of the service, Marija shows, with a passionate kiss, that their counterfeit marriage may blossom.
It's always "Try to keep your life at a slow pace so that opportunities for romance may blossom and grow" or "Travel seems to be uppermost in the changes you want from your life at this time".
Its bright notes of citron and foxglove are teamed with jasmine, may blossom and amber.
They have also been seen together at showbiz events - and now pals are hoping their friendship may blossom. Joely - who has a 12-year-old daughter from her former marriage to film boss Tim Bevan - recently admitted she was lonely.
The hedgerows were full of cowslips and campion, bluebells and may blossom.
Kirsty says she hopes romance may blossom after she met the former Take That singer at a charity football match.
"It's a great way to socialise, network and who knows, romance may blossom!"
While I rejoice in the bluebells, the May blossom and the obscenely green pastures, my joy is shortlived because of the hideous effects of pollen.