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Friday, December 09, 2011

bough

\bou\ , noun;
1.
A branch of a tree, especially one of the larger or main branches.
Quotes:
In the background, behind the pool and beneath the dramatic sidereal display, there is a little tree with a bird perched in its uppermost bough, exactly as there is on the Star card.
-- Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
He ran up the creeper as easily as though it had been a ladder, walked upright along the broad bough, and brought the pigeon to the ground. He put it limp and warm in Elizabeth's hand.
-- George Orwell, The Orwell Reader: Fiction, Essays, and Reportage
Origin:
Bough can be traced back to the Sanskrit word bāhu, meaning “shoulder.”
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