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2005-06-23 07:18:45

HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Hawaii -- Yellowed grasses cover the lower southern slopes of Mauna Kea where impenetrable koa forests once stood on the Big Island. But Hawaii's largest endemic tree, with its sickle-shaped leaves, has reclaimed some of its former territory over the last two decades. Conservationists and small timber harvesters have replanted koa on thousands of acres on the Big Island - the local name for the island of Hawaii - and Maui, increasingly fencing out...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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