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Hello. I am reading A Sand County Almanac, by A. Leopold, and I assume the author means "branches", "twigs",... when he talks about "phalanx" in the following sentence: "Lunch over, I regard a phalanx of young tamaracks, their golden lances thrusting skywards" but I would rather have an expert opinion.
Thanks in advance for your kind cooperation.
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    It is a metaphor. The group of trees are being compared to a formation of soldiers (a phalanx) holding spears/lances in the air.

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I have no idea of the correct historical meaning of phalanx, but in modern parlance it is taken as being a body of troops armed with spears or similar:
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