Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An American cerambycid beetle, Elaphidion parallelum or E. villosum. Its larvæ bore into twigs of oak and, when approaching full growth, girdle them from within so that they are broken off by the wind. See cut at Elaphidion.

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  • = -- Hardy throughout New England; grows in all well-drained soils, but prefers a rich, moist loam; more readily obtainable than most of our oaks; in common with other trees of the genus, nursery trees must be transplanted frequently to be moved with safety; grows rapidly and is fairly free from disfiguring insects; the oak-pruner occasionally lops off its twigs.

    Handbook of the Trees of New England

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