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1 This must not be taken to the letter; indeed, Fée thinks that the proper meaning is:—"Young trees do not produce fruit till they have arrived at a certain state of maturity." Trees mostly continue on the increase till they die.
2 See B. xvii. c. 2. The assertion here made has not been confirmed by experience.
3 "Frugiperda:" in the Greek, ὠλεσίκαρπον. See Homer. Od. x. 1. 510. It has been suggested, Pliny says, that the willow seed had this epithet from its effect in causing abortion; but he does not seem to share the opinion.
4 This cannot be a willow, Fée remarks; indeed, Theophrastus, E. iii. c. 5, speaks of a black poplar as growing there.
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