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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... "
Rural Sports - Page 283
by William Barker Daniel - 1812
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Science-gossip, Volumes 7-8

1900 - 898 pages
...Worms seem to be great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being their excrement, is a fine manure for grain and grass."...
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The Great World's Farm

Selina Gaye - 1902 - 308 pages
...natural history." "Vegetation would proceed but lamely without it, so great are its services in boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibers of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it, and most of all, by throwing...
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The Leisure Hour, Volume 31

1882 - 812 pages
...seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely withoftt them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...most of all by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth, called wormcasts, which, being their excrement, is a fine manure for grain and grass."...
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The Natural History of Selborne

Gilbert White - 1906 - 304 pages
...great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without of Selborne 185 them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being their excrement, is a fine manure for grain and grass....
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Handbook of Commercial Geography

George Goudie Chisholm - 1908 - 810 pages
...make a lamentable chasm. For . . . worms seem to be the great promoters of vegetation ... by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves into it ; and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth, called worm-casts,...
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Darwinism and Human Life: The South African Lectures for 1909

John Arthur Thomson - 1910 - 410 pages
...seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being their excrement, is a fine manure for grain and grass....
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Preacher and Homiletic Monthly, Volume 67

1914 - 588 pages
..."seem to Vie great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them; by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibers of plants; by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it ; and, most of all, by throwing...
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The Study of Animal Life

John Arthur Thomson - 1917 - 504 pages
...seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being their excrement, is a fine manure for grain and grass....
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Readings in evolution, genetics, and eugenics

1921 - 523 pages
...seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being their excrement, is a fine manure for grain and grass....
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The Outline of Science: A Plain Story Simply Told, Volume 3

John Arthur Thomson - 1922 - 470 pages
...seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering...the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks into the soil; and most of all by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth. . . . The earth...
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