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BRANCH. This is a metaphorical expression, which designates, in the genealogy of a numerous family, a portion of that family which has sprang from the same root or stock; these latter expressions, like the first, are also metaphorical.
     2. The whole of a genealogy is often called the genealogical tree; and sometimes it is made to take the form of a tree, which is in the first place divided into as many branches as there are children, afterwards into as many branches as there are grand-children, then of great grandchildren, &c. If, for example, it be desired to have a genealogical tree of Peter's family, Peter will be made the trunk of the tree; if he has had two children, John and James, their names will be written on the first two branches; which will themselves shoot out as many smaller branches as John and James have children; from these other's proceed, till the whole family is represented on the tree; thus the origin, the application, and the use of the word branch in genealogy will be at once perceived.

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I want to go look," yells Wink, standing on one branch and holding on above to another bouncing up and down making the whole tree alive with its branchy hand slapping the water.
The scrub forest comprises open, bushy and branchy woody vegetation and is located in the Potohar region, the foothills of Murree and the NWFP hills.
A third method is to use branchy twigs and place them near the plants.
Other great poems in Mystic Poets include "Duns Scotus' Oxford" ("Towery city and branchy between towers"), "Summa" ("The best ideal is the true") and the aforementioned "Binsey Poplars" ("After-comers cannot guess the beauty been").
I bought Branchy as a striker but due to unforeseen circumstances he's had to play at both left back and centre back," said Ternent.
Reid has a painter's eye for landscape and captures the Maine woods as memorably as any writer since Thoreau: "A breeze tugged at the bright hardwoods in the little valleys and the thickly needled pines and firs along the stonier ridges, and the fallish chatter of stay-in-winter birds filled the branchy acres.