tops and dead trees

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enssay

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french
Hello to everyone

I would like to know the meaning of the word tops this sentence:
tops and dead trees

Thanks
 
  • Copyright

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    American English
    Interestingly enough, that isn't a sentence. If you can give us a sentence -- and context and a source, if those are relevant -- we'll be glad to help you.

    Welcome to the forum. :)
     

    enssay

    New Member
    french
    thank you

    the original sentence is
    "Logging residue is the portion of the tree not harvested; including stumps, limbs, tops and dead trees, as well as other trees killed during the harvest and left on the ground"

    It's a definition of agricultural residues.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Tops are literally the tops of trees which have little commercial value except as residue. They're too skinny. You also hear the verb form: to top a tree.
     

    Aardvark01

    Senior Member
    British English (Midlands)
    thank you

    the original sentence is
    "Logging residue is the portion of the tree not harvested; including stumps, limbs, tops and dead trees, as well as other trees killed during the harvest and left on the ground"

    It's a definition of agricultural residues.
    Where logging is only concerned with the "timber", they only take the trunks of trees that are mature enough to provide durable wood for construction, leaving behind stumps, limbs and tops (of trees).

    Immature trees are not harvested but may get damaged or killed by the felling of their larger neighbours while trees that are already dead may be rotten so these otherwise complete trees are also left unharvested.

    There is another custom called "topping" or "pollarding", which harvests only upper parts of trees for purposes other than timber (eg. fire wood, charcoal, "greenwood" construction...) but leaves the tree alive so that it can grow back.
     
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