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The effect of light on the direction of growth of a plant.

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From the Latin word aperio, "to open (bud)," because plants begin to grow in this month.


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The nearly straight-line configuration that occurs twice a month, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction (on the same side of Earth at the new Moon) and when they are in opposition (on opposite sides of Earth at the full Moon). In both cases, the gravitational effects of the Sun and the Moon reinforce each other, and tidal range is increased.

Spring Tide

A tide of increased range that occurs at times of syzygy each month. Named not for the season of spring but from the German springen ("to leap up"), a spring tide also brings a lower low water.


East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil.


The fear of rain


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