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oak

(ōk)
A deciduous tree (Quercus spp.) that provides material in its leaves and bark to produce many forms of herbal nostrums. Used as an astringent, a therapeutic remedy for skin disorders (approved for use for this purpose in Germany), and countless other unconfirmed purposes. Because of high levels of tannic acid, it has caused death, respiratory failure, and hepatotoxicity.
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"Yes, the oak is right, a thousand times right," thought Prince Andrew.
Thereat the Sweetness of the Strength of the Oak smiled upon me and said,--
And as she spoke she faded suddenly, and the side of the oak was once more as the solid rock.
And though he thought at once how senseless was his prayer that they should not have been killed by the oak which had fallen now, he repeated it, knowing that he could do nothing better than utter this senseless prayer.
A well-spring of inward wisdom gushed within me as I wrought upon the oak with my whole strength, and soul, and faith.
There was, in truth, an indefinable air and expression that might reasonably induce the query, Who and from what sphere this daughter of the oak should be?
But the aged, whose recollections dated as far back as witch times, shook their heads, and hinted that our forefathers would have thought it a pious deed to burn the daughter of the oak with fire.
"Still following the tracks of the prints, Larsan and I passed out of the oak grove and reached the border of the lake.
He explained his absence by saying that he had a headache and went out into the fresh air, but had gone no further than the oak grove.
This showed some intelligence in the oak; else how should it have known that any such person existed?
But after a while, Jason observed that the foliage of a great branch which stretched above his head had begun to rustle, as if the wind were stirring that one bough, while all the other boughs of the oak were at rest.
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