• WordNet 3.6
    • n Taxus yews
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taxus A genus of conifers, the yews, type of the tribe Taxeæ and suborder Taxaceæ. It is characterized by mostly diœcious flowers, the female solitary and consisting of a single erect ovule on a small annular disk, which soon becomes cup-shaped and fleshy, and finally forms a pulpy berry inclosing the seed, but free from it and open at the truncate apex. The small globular male flowers are solitary in the axils, surrounded by a few imbricated scales, with a short stalked stamen-column, five to eight roundish depressed and furrowed anthers, which become almost umbrella-shaped and four- to six-lobed after maturity, and bear three to eight cells connate into a ring. The ripened seed is hard, woody, and nut-like, somewhat viscous when fresh, and contains an embryo of two cotyledons. There are 6 or 8 species, by some considered all varieties of one, natives all of the northern hemisphere and widely dispersed. They are evergreen trees or shrubs, bearing short-petioled flat linear rigid leaves which are somewhat spirally inserted, but usually spread falcately into ranks. The genus is remarkable for the great variation within the same species, T. baccata, the yew, seldom exceeding 15 or 20 feet in height in England, but in the Himalayas becoming a naked trunk 30 feet high and often 16 in girth, its top reaching 70 or, it is said, sometimes 100 feet in height. T. brevifolia is similarly a low shrub in Montana, but a stately tree sometimes 75 feet high near the Pacific. T. Canadensis, the ground-hemlock, formerly regarded as a variety of the British species, usually a prostrate shrub, extends from New Jersey and Iowa northward, generally under evergreens. The other North American species, T. Floridana of West Florida and T. globosa of Mexico, are small trees, as are those of Japan, where T. cuspidata is cultivated and many curious varieties have been produced. The genus is similar to Taxodium in its slow growth, and remarkable for the great bulk attained by older trees, as the celebrated Ankernyke yew near Staines, in England, within sight of which the Magna Charta was signed, which is 27⅔ feet in girth; the Tisbury yew in Wilts, 37 feet; and the Fortingall yew in Perthshire, 56½; the first of these was estimated by Asa Gray to be at least 1,100 years old, and the second 1,600. See yew, and compare hemlock-spruce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Taxus tak′sus the yew genus of conifers.
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In literature:

Meles taxus (badger): 1 to 2.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
Bambusa microphyllum, Philadelphus, Thibaudia orbicularis, Mespilus microphyllus, Taxus or Abies Brunonis, Ilex dipyrena, occur.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The yew, Taxus baccata, is found associated with them.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
At this moment the Prefect and his friends, whose walk had also led them to this place, approached from a thick taxus-path.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
Taxus (Yew) baccata pendula.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook

In news:

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The Boston Scientific Corporation, a maker of heart stents , said the Food and Drug Administration extended the shelf life for the company's Taxus drug-coated device to nine months from six.
Endeavor Stent Showed Lower Death, MI Rates in ZEST Study Over Taxus Liberte.