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Dense Deer Populations Damage Plant Diversity
2013-01-02 11:35:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The proliferation of roe deer in the U.K. appears to be impacting woodland ecosystems, according to a new study from researchers in at Durham University. After visiting sites and collecting data over a span of two years, the ecologists found that the area with the largest roe deer population also had the lowest level of vegetation cover and bird population. It is the first study on U.K. deer with this type of precision and scope....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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