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Humans May Have Played Role In Loss of African Rainforests
2012-02-12 06:25:20

An influx of humans into the lush rainforests of Central Africa, and the deforestation that followed, may have played a role in changing the landscape of the region into the savannas and grasslands that exist there today, a team of French scientists claim in a new study. According to Rachel Nuwer of Science Now, lead author Germain Bayon, a geochemist at the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea in Plouzané, and colleagues originally intended to study the...


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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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