from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disseminated without the intervention of human or animal agency; in common usage, sown by any agency other than man.

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  • adj. growing from seed dispersed by natural agency such as wind or birds


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  • Dead hedges of olive prunings were woven along the tops of the walls, and self-sown figs grew from between the stones.


  • Flanking the path (which varies in width along the meandering nine-block route now open, up to West 20th Street) are planting beds meant to evoke the lush, self-sown greenery that thrived on the High Line during its three decades of desuetude.

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  • Fields of self-sown wheat and vines were growing there; also, there were trees known as maple, and they took specimens of all of them.

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  • Having no stableboy or carter or quarryman — her husband had made them do every kind of work — she no longer kept up the garden; she only gathered the few greens and roots that the stony ground allowed to grow self-sown.

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  • Back in 1997 my dh cut down a little self-sown pine in our front yard that had grown too close to our foundation and we decided to use that one.

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  • While we were employed in these operations, some of the poor starved people about had been in the habit of crossing the river, and reaping the self-sown mapira, in the old gardens of their countrymen.

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  • The whole surface of the streets, except narrow footpaths, were overrun with self-sown indigo, and tons of it might have been collected.

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  • There had always been lilies there, self-sown from wind-dropped seed, floating red and white on the green plates of their leaves.

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  • He who remembers that all the woods, by which the wants of man have been supplied from the Deluge till now, were self-sown, will not easily be persuaded to think all the art and preparation necessary, which the Georgick writers prescribe to planters.

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  • I have never seen any country where apple-trees appeared to thrive so well as in this damp part of South America: on the borders of the roads there were many young trees evidently self-sown.

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