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2010-10-02 05:20:00

A plant that has been used for hundreds of years by indigenous South Africans for reducing stress, relieving hunger, sedating and elevating moods, has now been approved for study and market, and it could soon be for sale over-the-counter worldwide. The plant, sceletium tortuosum, has great potential and could boost the local economy, researchers studying the plant and its effects told the Associated Press (AP). The American pharmaceutical company working on the project said, however, that...

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2010-03-29 11:00:56

Introduced more than 40 years ago, Galenia pubescens, an exotic plant from South Africa is found in great numbers in altered coastal environments in the south of Spain. Since its impacts on the ecosystem are unknown, a Spanish research team has studied its invasive capacity. The conclusions of this study show that, although populations of this plant are still at incipient levels, effective control is needed to prevent this "potentially" invasive plant from having more serious impacts. In...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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