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In the thickets of life

Mockingbird in the thick of it
Mockingbird in the thick of it


The word thicket is ancient, little changed in sound or spelling from the Old English thiccet, meaning “thick place.”  So, thicket is a dense growth of vines, canes, succulents, shrubbery, small trees, impenetrably tangled, almost impassable.  Thicket is often a transitional phase of plant succession, between scrub and woodland.  It can also be a permanent feature, such as Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.

~ Charles Frazier, Home Ground:  Language for an American Landscape

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