buttress root


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buttress root

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(Botany) a tree root that extends above ground as a platelike outgrowth of the trunk supporting the tree. Buttress roots are mainly found in trees of tropical rain forests
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Stone adzes would have been used to cut and shape the plank from the buttress root of a tree and the design carved with a small sharp tool such as a hand-held flake, bone chisel or boar tusk (although this has not been confirmed).
The plank was cut from the buttress root of a tree that had the right thickness and a curved upper edge.
As he slowly advanced, internal forces moved me forward to inspect his biz pole with its seven figures carved from a mangrove tree trunk whose buttress root served as a phallic extension.
A thick mist swirls through the forest, where the muddy ground has turned to soup, and buttress roots protrude from the earth like veins in a weightlifter's arm, providing ample seclusion for Costa Rica's rainbow collection of frogs.
As the boat heads off back down the Alto Madre de Dins river, Andy and I climb up the steep slope and into the rainforest, stopping every now and then so I can photograph some of the ancient trees beside the path, their huge buttress roots flaring out like fins.
At first, we try to find some sort of shelter, huddling among some of the buttress roots I'd been trying to photograph just moments earlier, but then Andy voices my own thoughts--this is no passing shower.
I'm surrounded by towering trees, huge buttress roots, thick dangling vines, giant ferns, the hoots and calls of countless birds and mammals and the incessant whine of crickets.
Curved buttress roots extend their grip across a forest floor wriggling with life including maggot-like leeches that stick to my skin like superglue.
Curved buttress roots extend their grip across a forest floor wriggling with life - including maggot-like leeches that stick to my skin like superglue.
These are three branches of human thoughts that entangle themselves like the buttress roots of a tropical tree.
It has an open, regular branching structure, seriously strong buttress roots, always has fine autumn colour and loves having its feet in water; making it the perfect alternative to willow and poplar for waterlogged soil.
And there were two substantial cracks on opposite sides of the main stem extending from the buttress roots to a height of 3.