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2009-06-20 08:32:38

German botanists working in the rainforests of Ecuador have discovered a plant that "pretends" to be ill.  The plant fakes its illness to prevent attacks by mining moths, which would eat the plants' otherwise healthy leaves. The discovery is the first known example of a plant that feigns being sick, and might explain a pattern seen on plant leaves known as variegation, which many species of plant exhibit. For a variety of causes, variegated plants have different colored patterns on the...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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