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sow

(sou)
n.
a. An adult female pig, especially one that has had at least one litter.
b. The adult female of several other animals, such as the bear.
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In accordance to the present results of yellow sweetclover, we have preliminary field data indicating that winter survival is considerably improved if this species is sown in early summer compared with late summer or autumn.
"It is like a mustard seed which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."