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 for Deal tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deal \Deal\ (d[=e]l), n. [OE. del, deel, part, AS. d[=ae]l; akin
     to OS. d[=e]l, D. & Dan. deel, G. theil, teil, Icel. deild,
     Sw. del, Goth. dails. [root]65. Cf. 3d Dole.]
     1. A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity,
        degree, or extent, degree, or extent; as, a deal of time
        and trouble; a deal of cold.
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              Three tenth deals [parts of an ephah] of flour.
                                                    --Num. xv. 9.
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              As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may
              count for a good deal . . . as a spiritual power.
                                                    --M. Arnold.
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              She was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect.
                                                    --W. Black.
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     Note: It was formerly limited by some, every, never a, a
           thousand, etc.; as, some deal; but these are now
           obsolete or vulgar. In general, we now qualify the word
           with great or good, and often use it adverbially, by
           being understood; as, a great deal of time and pains; a
           great (or good) deal better or worse; that is, better
           by a great deal, or by a great part or difference.
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     2. The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the
        portion disturbed.
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              The deal, the shuffle, and the cut.   --Swift.
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     3. Distribution; apportionment. [Colloq.]
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     4. An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination
        of interested parties; -- applied to stock speculations
        and political bargains. [Slang]
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     5. [Prob. from D. deel a plank, threshing floor. See
        Thill.] The division of a piece of timber made by
        sawing; a board or plank; particularly, a board or plank
        of fir or pine above seven inches in width, and exceeding
        six feet in length. If narrower than this, it is called a
        batten; if shorter, a deal end.
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     Note: Whole deal is a general term for planking one and one
           half inches thick.
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     6. Wood of the pine or fir; as, a floor of deal.
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     Deal tree, a fir tree. --Dr. Prior.
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