pepper tree


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pepper tree small African deciduous tree with spreading crown having leaves clustered toward ends of branches and clusters of creamy flowers resembling lilacs
    • n pepper tree small Peruvian evergreen with broad rounded head and slender pendant branches with attractive clusters of greenish flowers followed by clusters of rose-pink fruits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pepper tree (Bot) an aromatic tree (Drimys axillaris) of the Magnolia family, common in New Zealand. See Peruvian mastic tree, under Mastic.
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In literature:

The trees are small, and the pepper is as white as snow.
"The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela" by Benjamin of Tudela
It is usually grown as a prop and shade for the pepper vine and coffee tree.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Polly tied Blanquita to the pepper-tree, caught her habit in one hand, and ran up the walnut-tree avenue to the Nobles' house.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
He stopped Mary Pick under a pepper tree and surveyed the scene.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
The district from which pepper is carried down to Barace in boats hollowed out of a single tree, is known as Cottonara.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
Exquisite and graceful trees rose above them; the laburnum, no longer in bloom, acacias, and the lovely pepper tree.
"The Argosy" by Various
In its garden still stands the largest pepper-tree in Southern California.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
Under the pepper trees shading Fernando's adobe sat Winthrop and the constable.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Two magnificent pepper-trees, with their light, graceful foliage trailing from the branches, stand near the door.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
A keen, soft wind, tempered with the fragrance of ripening pepper trees, came in to them in delicate puffs.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Pepper 'em from behind walls and trees!
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Along the street the feathery pepper tree and the palm alternate.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
The next day the phainopeplas came again to the pepper-trees and ate their fill while I sat on the steps watching.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
The path on the other side was arched over with pepper trees.
"Where the Path Breaks" by Charles de Créspigny
Two men, whom I had not noticed before, had been sharing with me the shade of the pepper-tree.
"The Bandolero" by Mayne Reid
But it paused under the pepper-trees.
"The Little Colonel in Arizona" by Annie Fellows Johnston
On a retired road, sheltered on either side by mammoth pepper trees, east of the Mission by several miles, lived the Dona Maria Del Valle.
"Mariposilla" by Mary Stewart Daggett
At that moment, a number of men with firearms rushed out from among the trees and rocks, and began peppering away at us.
"Off to Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pallavika, distribute to the tame haritala pigeons some topmost leaves of the pepper-tree.
"The Kadambari of Bana" by Bana
Palms, magnolias, bananas, oleanders, camellias, the pepper-tree, make up a rich, many-tinted foliage.
"The Mediterranean" by T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths

In poetry:

Country towns with your schooner bees,
And locusts burnt in the pepper-trees,
Drown me with syrups, arch your boughs,
Find me a bench, and let me snore,
Till, charged with ale and unconcern,
I'll think it's noon at half-past four!
"Country Towns" by Kenneth Slessor
"But Dinny's house is miles away, around by Bindyguy-
You'll know it be, now what'll I say, you'll know it be-," Said I,
"I'll know it be the pepper-tree." Said Danahey, "You're wrong,
No pepper-tree at all have he- he have a kurrajong.
"The Road to Danahey's" by John O Brien
"Now keep them cattle on your back and, mind you, if in case
You're sorta bushed and off the track you ask at Regan's place;
That's Peter's lot, not Dinny's what the Ryans owned before-
You'll know it be a pepper-tree he have outside the door.
"The Road to Danahey's" by John O Brien
"Well, anyway, 'tain't your concern, it don't do any harm;
You ups and takes the left-hand turn to Tom McDonough's farm;
From there to here is five miles clear, or p'raps it may be more-
You'll know it be a pepper-tree, he have outside the door.
"The Road to Danahey's" by John O Brien

In news:

A standard treatment at the shrine was to chain a patient for 40 days, either in a small cell or to a tree in the courtyard, and administer a strict diet of bread and black pepper.
Before it is served, the dish is thickly dusted with ground huajiao (also known as Sichuan pepper), the fruit of a type of prickly ash tree that leaves a tingle on lips and tongue.
The Pepper Tree is a sense-ational experience.