Pruning

Prun"ing

(?), n. 1. The act of trimming, or removing what is superfluous.
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2. (Falconry) That which is cast off by bird in pruning her feathers; leavings. Beau. & Fl.
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Pruning hook, or Pruning knife, cutting instrument used in pruning trees, etc. -- Pruning shears, shears for pruning trees, vines, etc.
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Pru"nus

(?), n. [L., a plum tree.] (Bot.) A genus of trees with perigynous rosaceous flowers, and a single two-ovuled carpel which usually becomes a drupe in ripening.
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Originally, this genus was limited to the plums, then, by Linnus, was made to include the cherries and the apricot. Later botanists separated these into several genera, as Prunus, Cerasus, and Armeniaca, but now, by Bentham and Hooker, the plums, cherries, cherry laurels, peach, almond, and nectarine are all placed in Prunus.
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Pru"ri*ence

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Pru"ri*en*cy

(?), } n. The quality or state of being prurient.
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The pruriency of curious ears.
Burke.
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There is a prurience in the speech of some.
Cowper.
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