Stand of trees


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In a book (American), a person says: "No, I was born in a stand of trees beside a cotton field."

Does "stand" simply mean a grove, or a cluster of trees? does say that "stand" could mean " a growth of plants in a particular area, esp trees in a forest or a crop in a field", but that hardly seems to be the case here?

Thank you
  • panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    This 1912 definition from the OED describes "stand" very well, and suitably vaguely :)
    1912 R. C. Hawley & A. F. Hawes Man. Forestry Northeast. U.S. i. 8 The term ‘stand’ is the unit of description applied to any definite portion of a forest having a definite distinguishing characteristic. Thus in a certain type we may have a stand of young growth; a stand of diseased and damaged trees; a stand of exceptionally tall specimens, etc. These stands may be extensive, covering many acres or they may be confined each to a small part of an acre.

    It's a very imprecise term. In this context, I take it to mean the the person was born within a group of trees adjacent to a cotton field, but whether that was six trees or six hundred trees I can't say. Thinking of trees within a cotton plantation, I rather suspect it was a small number of trees.
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