from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A round mass of iron as it comes out of the finery.


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  • She considered the kitchen and looked out the breakfast window, where, in the midground, the orchard stood in half-bloom.

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  • In keeping with the rapid rates of growth and nutrient intake, about 70, 60, and 80 percent of the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium requirements (respectively) have been absorbed by the plant by the time of half-bloom.

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  • Although time to half-bloom varies with variety and climate, it usually encompasses two-thirds of the period from seedling emergence to physiologic maturity.

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  • However, an individual sorghum plant flowers from the tip of the head downward over four to nine days, so half-bloom on a per plant basis occurs when flowering has proceeded halfway down the head.

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  • Temperature does, however, drive grain maturation from the half-bloom stage of development until the black layer stage.



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