Uncle & Nephew

Uncle & Nephew

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...drinks and yet does not urinate. Know, my nephew, that all domestic and wild animals are reared on milk, and the milk is derived from the juice of plants and the moisture in foods; the milk forms material for urine, water poured out upon the ground, and produces sap in the passage of the bladder. Having once formed this material, the aperture is no longer stopped up. Now, the bird does not have milk to begin its nurture, nor does its growth come from such things as have moisture, but from small stones or grain; and when the stone or produce comes at first into its interior, it closes up the place (01 cavity) of the water, and the moisture within it does not reach the closed place. By reason of the sap, the feather grows, and the sap enters into the growth of the feather. You will know and understand this by squeezing one of their feathers, for you will find moisture in the hole of the feather in which the feather grows, and the sap will issue forth as the feather grows. O, Uncle! Why have some birds stomachs, called gois, and others gizzards, called gesier? Understand, Nephew, that no birds reared from the earth have a stomach, for it would be of no use to them, but they have a gizzard, which is stronger and harder than a stomach; for the gizzard is made to grind small every hard thing, being as it is full of sinews from without and witlnn, and muscle between the inner and outer sinews. It is exceedingly strong, and therefore crushes everything that enters it. But the stomach has no such strength; it is only able to grind fine food. 8. (M. xviii.) Uncle, why do some animals and birds see in the night, while others do not? Thou knowest, Nephew, that the eye has four skins (films), in which are found three substances: moisture from...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954351
  • 9781236954350