rough bark

rough bark

[′rəf ¦bärk]
(plant pathology)
Any of various virus diseases of woody plants characterized by roughening and often splitting of the bark.
A fungus disease of apples caused by Phomopsis mali and characterized by rough cankers on the bark.
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Wide and far swung Tarzan of the Apes, until at last, as he reached the highest point of the arc the rope, which rapidly had frayed on the rough bark of the tree limb, parted suddenly.
There were white-tusked wild males, with fallen leaves and nuts and twigs lying in the wrinkles of their necks and the folds of their ears; fat, slow-footed she-elephants, with restless, little pinky black calves only three or four feet high running under their stomachs; young elephants with their tusks just beginning to show, and very proud of them; lanky, scraggy old-maid elephants, with their hollow anxious faces, and trunks like rough bark; savage old bull elephants, scarred from shoulder to flank with great weals and cuts of bygone fights, and the caked dirt of their solitary mud baths dropping from their shoulders; and there was one with a broken tusk and the marks of the full-stroke, the terrible drawing scrape, of a tiger's claws on his side.
Time, however, overgrew this softness with the rough bark of manhood, and but few knew how living and fresh it still lay at the core.
The hardest wood in America, and fourth hardest in the world, is found in the rough bark lignum-vitae, a small tropical tree that extends north into the Florida Keys.
As the rope bit into his flesh, he could feel the rough bark of the tree dig into his back.
You can almost hear the crunch of snow and feel the rough bark of the tree trunks.
I leaned back against the rough bark of the towering tree in the darkness and waited for another morning full of promise.
Nature writing "gives voice to the things of the earth," writes Merrill, and "helps us understand the place of humankind in the great chain of being." His intertwining of personal, natural, and political history reveals an eager, sensitive mind that can find the threads of wisdom even written in the rough bark of a dogwood tree.
Eating and tasting the tongue-cleaving, green-bladed grass; the bitter, white milk juice of dandelion stalk; the sweet, sweet honey; the sour, acrid ivy that entwined the bitterness of the rough bark of oak; and the melting, soothing sweetness of sugar.
She scampered across the roof and reached for the rough bark branches of the tree.
Each spring the compost piles erupted with life as vines bearing true squash varieties and others resembling alien spacecraft spread out over the ground and up the rough bark of nearby tree trunks.