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" For, to say nothing of half the birds, and some quadrupeds which are almost entirely supported by them, worms seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and... "
Animal biography, or, Popular zoology - Page 273
by William Bingley - 1829
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Practical and Scientific Fruit Culture

Charles R. Baker - 1866 - 523 pages
...vegetation, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to the rain and fibers of plants, by drawing straws, and stalks of leaves and twigs into it; they also throw up an infinite number of lumps of earth, called worm-casts, which, being their excrement,...
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The Quarterly Journal of Science, Volume 4

1867
...plants, by drawing straws and stalks and leaves and twigs into it, and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps, called worm-casts, which form a fine manure for grain and grass. Worms probably provide new soil for bills and slopes, where the rain washes the earth...
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The Journal of Science, and Annals of Astronomy, Biology, Geology ..., Volume 4

James Samuelson, William Crookes - 1867
...plants, by drawing straws and stalks and leaves and twigs into it, and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps, called worm-casts, which form a fine manure for grain and grass. Worms probably provide new soil for hills and slopes, where the rain washes the earth...
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The Student, and Intellectual Observer, Volume 3

1869
...lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it ; and most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm casts, which being...
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Typical Selections from the Best English Authors: With Introductory Notices

English authors - 1869 - 400 pages
...lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it, pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it; and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which being...
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A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, Volume 2

Robert Chambers - 1870
...ill without them), by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants; by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it; and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps called worm-casts, which form a fine manure...
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Natural History: Exhibiting in a Series of Delightful Anecdotes and ...

William Bingley - 1871 - 1042 pages
...promoters of vegetation. They bore, perforate, and loosen the soil, and render it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks...chiefly, by throwing up infinite numbers of lumps called worm casts, which form a fine manure for grass and corn. Gardeners and farmers express their detestation...
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The natural history and antiquities of Selborne. Standard ed. by E.T ...

Gilbert White - 1875
...lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants; by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it ; and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps qf earth called worm casts, which, being...
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Zoology of the Bible

Harland Coultas - 1876 - 292 pages
...without them, by boring, egg- perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it, and, most of all, by throwing up' such infinite numbers of lumps of earth, called wormcasts, which being...
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The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of ..., Volume 1

Gilbert White - 1877
...lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it; and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being...
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