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Post by Archived Topic » Mon Feb 08, 1999 12:00 am

I have to write a paper of the meaning of the garden in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter". I would like to know about the history of the word garden. What did it originally mean? How has it's definition changed? I want to know as much about the word "garden" as possible...

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Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 09, 1999 8:00 am

It comes from a variety of words, e.g. Old French or Old Swedish 'gard', Latin 'gardum,' and the like, all of which originally meant enclosure. More than that I cannot offer, and suggest you find a suitable history.
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