dendrographia dendrographia
 den-dro-graf'-i-a from Gk. dendron “tree” and grapho “to write”

Creating an illusion of reality through vivid description of a tree.
Its trunk was but a wizened arm, its branches bony fingers grasping vainly at the winter sky.
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  • Subject and Adjuncts
    Since description typically takes the form of delineating the attributes of something, it is therefore the use of this topic of invention, by which one identifies the characteristics (or adjuncts) of a given subject.
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