from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A diseased condition of trees in which the topmost branches become dead and bare. It is usually regarded as due to an insufficient water-supply, but may be caused by parasites or other injuries. See
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The storms of many centuries had swept over them, and "they stood like relics of the past, with lichens waving from their worn surfaces like grizzly beards, or when in flower mantling them with brilliant orange hues," while the areas enclosed by them were covered with mosses, the beautiful stag-head variety being the most prominent.