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- n. Plural form of river bank.
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THE Orange grove, is but narrow, betwixt the the river banks and ancient Indian fields, where there are evident traces of the habitations of the ancients, surrounded whith groves of Live Oak, Laurel Magnolia, Zanthoxilon, Liquid-amber, and others.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
As we climbed higher up the valley, and clambered up its steep wall, Zakir pointed out how the trees grew naturally in distinct bands according to altitude: walnuts further down the valley, Turkestan birch and maple by the river banks higher up, wild roses, honeysuckle and berberis on the valley floor and its margins along the rising walls.
It was a curious-looking place that he saw in 1859, half-village, half-armoury, standing on its peninsula surrounded by heights, and enclosed along its river banks by the tracks of two railways, the Winchester & Potomac and the Baltimore & Ohio, which ran on trestles and stone embankments designed to prevent flooding; six years later it had been reduced to ruin by nine major Civil War actions fought in the vicinity, and with the old land-marks gone it is not surprising that most historians of the Brown raid have confined themselves to written descriptions, or that Flashman's rough sketch leaves much to be desired.
The sun shone softly through the overhanging trees, the river banks were gay with flowers, and bright plumaged birds flashed through the sunlight.