Meaning: A usually tall plant that has a thick, wooden stem and many large branches.
A plural form of TREE.
Gloss: TREE/\ IX1-CL:1 TREE/\ IX2 CL:1(ix2)-UP TRIPLE.
English equivalent: This tree is three times taller than that one.
The base hand also functions as a spatial reference to indicate the shorter one while the dominant hand moves up (taller).
Study how spatial reference in ASL works. In English, a speaker uses the determiners, "this" and "that" to indicate two different trees. In ASL, spatial indexing is used for determiners.
A little creative, artistic ASL digit written and contributed by Adrean Clark, 2017.
If a sculptor were to make this woody arm-and-hand sculpture as illustrated in the image below, it would be a different intention or experience between a Deaf and a hearing artist.
"The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy" sculpture in Wales was sculpted by Simon O'Rourke, a hearing artist. Simon in his statement explained that the tallest tree in Wales was damaged by storm and won the commission. After research, he decided on a giant hand, "symbolising the giants, and the tree's last attempt to reach for the sky!" Ref
On the other hand, if this artist were American Deaf artist, his conventional intention would be like this:
"This is perfect, illustrates the sign for 'tree' in ASL. :)" -- Emmett Hassen (Deaf) shared a post on his FB page, on Oct. 24, 2020. Generally, Deaf people would invariably reply in agreement.
That would be the first thought: a ASL word for TREE! No research, just an impulse right on the nose in front of the eyes.
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Variations: Some ASL signs have regional (and generational) variations across North America. Common variations are included, but specifically local variations are not included. Interact with your local community to learn their variations.
Inflection: Many ASL words, especially verbs, in the dictionary are a "base"; be aware that many of them are grammatically inflectable within ASL sentences.
Contextual meaning: Some ASL signs in the dictionary may not mean the same in different contexts and/or ASL sentences. You will see some examples in video sentences.
ASL is very much alive and indefinitely constructable as any spoken language. The best way to use ASL right is to immerse in daily interactions with Deaf/Ameslan people (or ASLians).