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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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The Study of Animal Life

John Arthur Thomson - 1917 - 477 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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The Norton Book of Nature Writing

Robert Finch, John Elder - 1990 - 921 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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Environmental Soil Physics: Fundamentals, Applications, and Environmental ...

Daniel Hillel - 1998 - 771 pages
...them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and fibers 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 their...
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Nature Writing: The Tradition in English

Robert Finch, John Elder - 2002 - 1152 pages
...lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains v i most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being...
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Earthworm Ecology

Clive A. Edwards - 2004 - 456 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 wormcasts, which, being...
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Soil and Your Health

Beatrice Trum Hunter - 2004 - 122 pages
...lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it impervious to rain and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it; and most of all, by throwing up such an infinite number of lumps of earth called 23 wormcasts, which being...
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Examine Your English

Maison, N. & Kumar - 1964 - 260 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 is a fine...
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The universal anthology, a collection of the best literature ..., Volume 19

Richard Garnett - 1899
...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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