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2009-03-27 17:52:05

Tropical tree, Bombax ceiba, is a member of the genus Bombax. It is more familiarly known as the Cotton Tree. In areas of Malay, Indonesia, Southern China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan the tree is commonly planted. Chinese historical accounts tell of an ancient king of Nam Yuet, Chiu To, who offered the tree as a gift to the Emperor of Han Dynasty in 2nd Century B.C. Also, the tree, which is referred to as Semal, is commonly planted in parks and along roadsides in India. New Delhi, specifically...

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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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