from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In phytogeography, one of a class of trees of temperate zones, consisting chiefly of soft-wooded species such as conifers, birches, and lime-trees, in which, at the beginning of winter, all the starch of the cortex and wood is converted into fat, to be reconverted into starch in the spring. Compare starch-tree.


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