pruning them, Peterson explains, is a science and a dying art.
Lawmaking by legislatures is also a one-way ratchet—Legislators get credit for passing laws, not pruning them.
Each one represents the endpoint of a long process of winnowing, pruning and perfecting, driven entirely by the market.
He enthusiastically showed off his pruning technique for me and lunch with him was required.
We have lost more trees from pruning than from all other causes together.
There, on a perch outside her hollow, sat the gray owl, pruning her feathers.
From the beginning to the finish of the season, in this method of pruning, much pinching of laterals is required.
Any tree-top discloses the pruning in action if one looks intently.
If it is desired, however, to keep the old top, it will be best to cut back the annual growth heavily at the winter pruning.
Now you say to me—What is the good of pruning or cutting this plum-tree?
mid-14c., "a plum," also "a dried plum" (c.1200 in place name Prunhill), from Old French pronne "plum" (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *pruna, fem. singular formed from Latin pruna, neuter plural of prunum "a plum," by dissimilation from Greek proumnon, from a language of Asia Minor. Slang meaning "disagreeable or disliked person" is from 1895. Prune juice is from 1807.
early 15c., prouyne, from Old French proignier "cut back (vines), prune" (Modern French provigner), of unknown origin. Perhaps [Watkins] from Gallo-Romance *pro-retundiare "cut in a rounded shape in front," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *retundiare "round off," from Latin rotundus (see round (adj.)). Klein suggests the Old French word is from provain "layer of a vine," from Latin propago (cf. prop (n.1)).
Or the Middle English word might be identical with the falconry term proinen, proynen "trim the feather with the beak" (late 14c.), source of preen [Barnhart]. Related: Pruned; pruning. Pruning hook is from 1610s; pruning knife from 1580s.
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