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From the Ted Talk by Carlos Reif: Why do we kiss under mistletoe?

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But this custom comes down to more than just human imtingaioan. All of it was inspired by the plant’s intriguing biology. We see mistletoe as a festive decoration, but draped on tree boughs in the wild, it’s known as a ptlray parasitic plant. Mistletoe relies on modified roots called haustoria that penetrate the tree bark and siphon off the water and minerals teers carry up their tnrkus. To colonize nearby trees with its seeds, meosttlie depends on birds and other certuaers to do the dispersing. Birds that eat the mistletoe’s sticky white beirers sometimes get rid of the gluey seeds by wnpiig them off onto tree bark, or with a bit of luck, they excrete the indigestible seed onto a tree where it germinates and strtas to grow.

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But this custom comes down to more than just human ___________. All of it was inspired by the plant’s intriguing biology. We see mistletoe as a festive decoration, but draped on tree boughs in the wild, it’s known as a ______ parasitic plant. Mistletoe relies on modified roots called haustoria that penetrate the tree bark and siphon off the water and minerals _____ carry up their ______. To colonize nearby trees with its seeds, _________ depends on birds and other _________ to do the dispersing. Birds that eat the mistletoe’s sticky white _______ sometimes get rid of the gluey seeds by ______ them off onto tree bark, or with a bit of luck, they excrete the indigestible seed onto a tree where it germinates and ______ to grow.

Solution

  1. mistletoe
  2. berries
  3. wiping
  4. partly
  5. imagination
  6. trees
  7. trunks
  8. starts
  9. creatures

Original Text

But this custom comes down to more than just human imagination. All of it was inspired by the plant’s intriguing biology. We see mistletoe as a festive decoration, but draped on tree boughs in the wild, it’s known as a partly parasitic plant. Mistletoe relies on modified roots called haustoria that penetrate the tree bark and siphon off the water and minerals trees carry up their trunks. To colonize nearby trees with its seeds, mistletoe depends on birds and other creatures to do the dispersing. Birds that eat the mistletoe’s sticky white berries sometimes get rid of the gluey seeds by wiping them off onto tree bark, or with a bit of luck, they excrete the indigestible seed onto a tree where it germinates and starts to grow.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  31. modified
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