• WordNet 3.6
    • n Chionanthus deciduous trees or shrubs: fringe tree
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chionanthus A genus of low trees or shrubs, of the natural order Oleaceæ, natives of eastern North America and eastern Asia. The principal species is C. Virginica, the fringe-tree of the United States. See fringe-tree.
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In literature:

Oleinae : Chionanthus axillaris.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Fringe Tree, or Chionanthus.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn