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2005-02-09 07:37:13

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -- A giant sequoia considered to be the second biggest tree on earth is fighting for its life after being hit by a succession of fires and storms. The huge Washington Tree in northern California's Sequoia National Park, which was 115 meters (254 feet) high and measures 45.9 meters (101 feet) in circumference, could be dying after a lifespan of 2,500 to 3,200 years. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted park ranger Alexandra Picavet as saying that fires in 2003 and snow and...


Word of the Day
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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