January 17, 2017
prune (verb)
\PROON\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : to reduce by getting rid of matter that is not necessary or wanted b : to remove as unnecessary2 : to cut off the parts of a woody plant that are dead or not wanted
How do you use it?
"The men went down the rows first, pruning the thick grapevines and leaving a few long branches or ‘canes' on each trunk. She followed, along with others, and tied the canes on the taut wire that was stretched post to post." (Pam Muñoz Ryan, _Esperanza Rising_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following is NOT an example of pruning?

Pruning has to do with cutting—either literal cutting (like when you cut a plant's branches) or figurative cutting (like when you "cut" words from an essay or "cut" money from a budget). The idea of cutting is part of the word's history; it comes from a Latin word meaning "to cut around." This verb "prune" is completely unrelated to the noun "prune," which refers to a dried plum. That word comes from a different Latin word, one that means simply "plum."
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