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1. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing; as, to sow wheat. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate. He would sow some difficulty. A sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside. (Matt. Xiii. 3, 4) And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers. (Addison)

2. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle. The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, . . . And it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles. (Sir M. Hale) [He] sowed with stars the heaven. (milton) Now morn . . . Sowed the earth with orient pearl. (Milton)

Origin: OE. Sowen, sawen, AS. Sawan; akin to OFries. Sa, D. Zaaijen, OS. & HG. Sajan, G. Saen, Icel. Sa, Sw. Sa, Dan. Saae, Goth. Saian, Lith. Seti, Russ. Sieiate, L. Serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.

To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; literally or figuratively. They that sow in tears shall reap in joi. (Ps. Cxxvi. 5)

1. (Science: zoology) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.

2. (Science: zoology) A sow bug.

3. (Science: chemistry) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed. The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.

A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a [[ 724 salamander]].

4. A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place, sapping and mining the wall, or the like. Sow bread.

A composite plant (Sonchus oleraceus) said to be eaten by swine and some other animals.

Origin: OE. Sowe, suwe, AS. Sugu, akin to su, D. Zog, zeug, OHG. Su, G. Sau, Icel. S<ymac/r, Dan. So, Sw. Sugga, so, L. Sus. Gr. y^s, sy^s, Zend. Hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. Su to beget, to bear; the animal being named in allusion to its fecundity. Cf. Hyena, Soil to stain, Son, Swine. Place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; She sowed sunflower seeds.

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I need some help. I currently have a collombolla and fungas gnat infestation. In addition I had mealworms and sow larvae on me until the last fumigation. I thought the fungus gnats were lice in my hair. Everyone, including the public health department says I am delusional. Does ...

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alternation behaviour

I can only speak of turn alternation for sow bugs, which show the same behavior. It used to be called "correcting behavior" but that was too teleological.... so the behavior was changed. For sow bugs, a forced turn does not equal the ...

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by Marcelo
Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:04 am
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... and metaphorically...it doesnt make sense to just read it in one way when there are many parables that are not literal(Matthew13 Behold the sower went forth to sow. 4 And whilst he soweth some fell by the way side...other some fell upon stony ground, where they had not much earth: and they ...

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by gfrabizi
Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:51 am
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Topic: Bible vs Darwin
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carnivorous females

Once I sow fotos of coupling mantis, and on the fotos femele have eating the male - during the copulation! But I don't remember where I sow this :(

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by Locus
Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:16 pm
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Topic: carnivorous females
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Talk about INSECTZ or get outta here:)

Oh, exuese me, today Indepedence day at the India, I almost forgot, nevetheless I sow parade by TV... My appologies.

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by Locus
Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:52 pm
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Topic: Talk about INSECTZ or get outta here:)
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