nurse log

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nurse log

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A large fallen tree on which other trees and plants sprout as the wood decays, with the roots of the seedlings often straddling the log as they grow toward the soil.
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Noun1.nurse log - a large decomposing tree trunk that has fallen, usually in a forest; the decaying wood provides moisture and nutrients for a variety of insects and plants
log - a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches
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Katie has been holding hands with George," stated her nursery log, as if such behaviour was somehow acceptable.