Origin: AS. Sprec; akin to Icel. Sprek a stick. Cf. Spray a branch.
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... The mentioned parasites got attached to it and they sucked food saps. And when the navel cord got disintegrated, they went on sucking from the sprig’s organism. The navel started becoming a slit, in which papillae got formed. It became as a two-way road for food substances – in embryo stage ...
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