cucumber tree

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cucumber tree American deciduous magnolia having large leaves and fruit like a small cucumber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cucumber tree A large ornamental or shade tree of the genus Magnolia Magnolia acuminata, so called from a slight resemblance of its young fruit to a small cucumber.
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Usage

In literature:

At other times he sowed seeds of the cucumber tree, chickory and "colliflower" and planted ivy and wild honeysuckle.
"George Washington: Farmer" by Paul Leland Haworth
Can you send me some cones or seeds of the cucumber-tree?
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Everywhere the rhododendron was bloom-loaded, and the large-petaled flower of the "cucumber tree" spread its waxen whiteness.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
Scarcely less inspiring were the cucumber-trees, or mountain magnolias, which here reached the perfection of growth.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Cucumber Tree, 156, 301.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes
He is 'climbing the cucumber-tree' as fast as he can!
"'Neath the Hoof of the Tartar" by Miklós Jósika
Shape of leaves, in heart-leaved cucumber tree and ear-leaved umbrella.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
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