Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Timber companies will tell you that their coppices are sustainable and are just as if they had not taken any trees at all, but the cognoscenti and lovers of nature as well as those who have witnessed a beautiful, old-growth forest taken down actually know that the residuum after the indigenous trees, ferns and brush are felled is of dishearteningly less natural, environmental, biodiversity, aesthetic or spiritual value than originally; the sticks and brush that replace stately trees and forest hold the same comparative value to before as the zinc and copper of pinchbeck do to authentic gold. (by Shortscribe)


The cognoscenti of blueberries know that the best can be found growing on the banks of a forest pond or among the residuum of a recently harvested coppice of young oak, and this wild fruit will be vastly superior to the pinchbeck varieties on offer in farmers' markets -- never mind the stuff they sell at a place like Walmart. (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Wednesday, July 31, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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