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What's a plant?

Totelin, Laurence M. V. ORCID: 2020. What's a plant? Taub, Liba, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Science, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 141-159. (10.1017/9781316136096.008)

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Ask yourself: what is a plant? You will probably answer that it is an organism able to photosynthesise chlorophyll. Depending on your level of knowledge in biology, your answer will be more or less elaborate. Now, ask a young child what a plant is, and their answer is likely to be very different. Their definition may centre on the notion of plant rootedness: a plant is something that is rooted to the ground and cannot move as a result.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
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Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 09:20

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