flame tree

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flame tree tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery
    • n flame tree south Australian tree having panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers
    • n flame tree north Australian tree having white flowers and broad leaves
    • n flame tree showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
    • n flame tree a terrestrial evergreen shrub or small tree of western Australia having brilliant yellow-orange flowers; parasitic on roots of grasses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flame tree (Bot) a tree with showy scarlet flowers, as the Rhododendron arboreum in India, and the Brachychiton acerifolium of Australia.
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Usage

In literature:

Great trees became in an instant towers of flame as the fire roared onward like a living thing.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
Up the great pine-tree went the flames, leaping from bough to bough.
"The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook
He came to the tree trunk left hollow by the flames, and paused to marvel at its size.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
It was a rambling white stucco house with a red tile roof and a pleasant grove of palm trees in front and flame-red hibiscus climbing the stucco.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
That hill-crest of leaping trees could be the ridge of Loupart with its wood, and Achete in flames beyond.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
A puff of smoke, a jet of flame from behind the tree-fern.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
It was intensely hot, and in a surprisingly short time the flames had burned every log, stump, and tree to ashes.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
One mild evening Duncan Polite sat at his shanty door, watching the sun go down behind the flaming trees.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
As she steams slowly up the beautiful river we see the trees bursting out here and there into a perfect flame of colour.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The black-fellow waited till the flames had died down, and then started to dig around the roots a few feet away from the tree.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Then suddenly, in a flame of agony, she darted, seized the rugged knots of the oak tree and began to climb.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The flames shot up, and, climbing the bark of the tree, crackled among the branches overhead.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
A flash of lightning from the murky sky struck a beech-tree, near whose flames the carriage slowly disappeared into the ground.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 350, December 1844" by Various
They saw that flaming vanish among the trees.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The monk looked up and could see a small, red flame come out of the tree-top.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The trees across the clearing from them were already roaring with flames.
"The Happy Man" by Gerald Wilburn Page
It was marvelous to witness the flash-like rapidity with which the flames would mount the loftiest trees.
"Thirty-Seven Days of Peril" by Truman Everts
The barn was a mass of flames, and there were dark forms flitting about among the budding trees.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Yes, there I could see it flame up again, over the trees and against the background of the clouded sky.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
The trees were no more than bare trunks, some of them still partially wreathed in flames.
"Bear Brownie" by H. P. Robinson
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In poetry:

A parakeet of gaudy hue
Upon a flame tree smugly rocks;
Oh, we're a precious pair, we two,
I gibber while the parrot squawks.
"Frustration" by Robert W Service
Sombre was his dwelling in the shadows of the tree
And his face undefiled.
God, a tender flame, spoke to his heart:
Oh son of man!
"Kaspar Hauser's Song" by Georg Trakl
They're burning off at the Rampadells,
The tawny flames uprise,
With greedy licking around the trees;
The fierce breath sears our eyes.
"Burning Off" by Dorothea Mackellar
Half buried to her flaming breast
In this bright tree, she makes her nest,
Hundred sunn'd Phoenix! When she must
Crumble at length to hoary dust!
"The Phoenix" by George Darley
My pleasaunce was an undulating green,
Stately with trees whose shadows slept below,
With glimpses of smooth garden-beds between
Like flame or sky or snow.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
"In the light of the Lord, a flame we see
Climb and kindle a proud roof-tree;
And beneath it an old man lying dead,
With stains of blood on his hoary head."
"How The Women Went From Dover" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The car burst into flames after crashing into trees.
When a tree on the property of 50 Green Street went up in flames.
Man missed curve in road and hit sign post, utility pole and tree before bursting into flames.
Don't forget to stop and yell at the trees: Is the Chinese Flame Tree the 'worst tree' ever planted.
The guest list on Pendulum 's newest album, "Immersion," includes the Prodigy's Liam Howlett, Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson and Swedish headbangers In Flames.
The tree erupted in flames after the bolt hit at 10:17 am, at 27561 Lindvog Road north of Kingston.
One man died after his truck veered off Route 8, crashed into a tree and became engulfed in flames Sunday morning, state police said.
Fire officials say a perimeter around the fire has been established and the flames are burning trees and brush within that area.
A fireman walks along US Highway 56 past flaming trees set ablaze as part of a backfire Sunday evening.
SUSANVILLE, Calif.--Some islands of unburned trees flamed up in the northeast of the fire, but these were in the interior of the fire and firefighters suppressed these fires.
Police said a man was killed when his car slammed into a tree in front of a Queens hospital and burst into flames early Sunday morning.
She was a passenger in the van that hit a tree and burst into flames on Watts mill Road in Jessamine County.
With its pipe-cleaner candles, this small fir recalls a time when Christmas trees were brightened with flame.
A 53-year-old man died this afternoon when the tractor-trailer he was driving left Interstate 75 southbound near Athens, Tenn. Hit a tree head on and burst into flames.
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