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- n. The essence of what it means to be a tree; the qualities that make a tree what it is.
- n. The suitability of an evolutionary tree for representing the structure of a population; the degree to which a population structure can be accurately described as a tree of descent, with different branches evolving independently after they split.
- n. The condition of being a tree; acyclicity and connectedness.
We have only to uncover and know our own "treeness".
He painted the "treeness" of the tree, as a modern critic has admirably expressed it.
Dan Keathley fields calls from commercial growers who, by dumb luck, find themselves with the Platonic ideal of Christmas-treeness: a Douglas fir or Scotch pine with a straight trunk, thick needles that can hold ornaments, limbs slanted up at a perfect 45-degree angle, an ideal conical shape and strength.
I believe some said a seedling has treeness in it.
It isn't that Libow worships the tree for its grand treeness.
The pigs, pursuing their pigness like an acorn inevitably pursues its oak treeness, end up becomingly unwitting workers on Saletin's farm: they turn the compost pile that is the floor of Saletin's cattle barn.