K is for key
Key has several meanings to explore, including some of the following:
The item needed to open a lock.
Levers used to play an instrument or operate a typewriter or computer.
The seed or samara of a maple or ash tree.
The description or list explaining parts of a diagram or map.
The basis for a solution to a code or the exact access point to a place.
A botanical key is a system for the identification of similar species of plants, usually based on a series of questions that narrows down your choices. Using such a key, you can eventually figure out what kind of plant you have found, down to the exact name of the species.
Plant with no leaves or with leaves?
Divided leaves or entire leaves?
Divided leaves with narrow segments or leaflets?
Leaflets of three, five, seven, or more parts?
- Can you think of other kinds of keys?
Special reading assignment
- Wikipedia defines kite as a tethered aircraft. There is also a bird called a kite; a sort of raptor that may be found soaring in the sky in India.
- Have you tried a kayak or a canoe? Which do you prefer? Why is that?