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to box a tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Box \Box\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boxed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Boxing.] [1913 Webster] 1. To inclose in a box. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish with boxes, as a wheel. [1913 Webster] 3. (Arch.) To inclose with boarding, lathing, etc., so as to bring to a required form. [1913 Webster] To box a tree, to make an incision or hole in a tree for the purpose of procuring the sap. To box off, to divide into tight compartments. To box up. (a) To put into a box in order to save; as, he had boxed up twelve score pounds. (b) To confine; as, to be boxed up in narrow quarters. [1913 Webster]