silk tree

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silk tree attractive domed or flat-topped Asiatic tree having bipinnate leaves and flowers with long silky stamens
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Silk tree (Bot) an Asiatic leguminous tree (Albizzia Julibrissin) with finely bipinnate leaves, and large flat pods; -- so called because of the abundant long silky stamens of its blossoms. Also called silk flower.
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Usage

In literature:

Silk can be cultivated and mulberry trees grow as far north as New England.
"Achenwall's Observations on North America" by Gottfried Achenwall
Raw silk is an important product, and the mulberry-tree is extensively grown.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
It was one of the beautiful silk-cotton trees already mentioned.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
They knew nothing about the silk-worm, and supposed that the fibres or threads of this beautiful stuff grew upon trees.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
Mulberry trees are grown about every village and farmhouse, and the silk export is of considerable value to the community.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
They wore the handsomest little tunics, of stuff as much finer than silk as silk is finer than the bark of a tree.
"Our Young Folks--Vol. I, No. II, February 1865" by Various
I saw your parachute open, and saw your silk foul in a tree near here.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Facing Steele were two well dressed men, one in a tall silk hat, which appeared incongruous against its background of log shack and pine tree.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
It's the silk-cotton-tree, or manguba, as Munday calls it.
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid
It was more profitable than the mulberry trees which were supposed to produce silk.
"The Pocahontas-John Smith Story" by Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
I was much surprised to notice the rapidity with which the silk-cotton tree burst into leaf.
"Cuba Past and Present" by Richard Davey
A European representative of the Silk-cotton-tree of the East Indies and Tropical America.
"The Chain of Life in Geological Time" by Sir J. William Dawson
The silk cotton tree and the almond are favorites here as ornamental shade trees.
"Equatorial America" by Maturin M. Ballou
A few statuesque silk-cotton trees, buttressed giants, were isolated in its centre.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
Almost as much as spun silk ones at home, I reflected, as I sat mending mine under the thorn tree.
"The Claw" by Cynthia Stockley
They are a noticeable forest feature and are commonly seen in the silk-cotton trees.
"Fetichism in West Africa" by Robert Hamill Nassau
Insatiable as sharks, greedy as a set of silk-worms upon a mulberry tree, the more you get the more you want.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume II" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
Only their egg box is made of silk and usually fastened to a fence rail or on the bark of a tree and left there.
"Insect Stories" by Vernon L. Kellogg
Now the Silk-cotton tree has not had this form through its life.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse
It looked like a mammoth Christmas-tree ball, of shining silk, in brilliant stripes of red and blue.
"The Romance of Aircraft" by Lawrence Yard Smith
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In poetry:

Saw her clothed in silk and satin,
Borne beneath the gallows-tree,
Dressed as in her wedding garments,
Soon the bride of Death to be;--
"Ballad Of Ruth Bay" by Albert Laighton
My cottage roof is like a sheet of silk
Spun like a cobweb.
My apple-trees are bare as the oaks in the forest;
When the moon shines
I see no leaves.
"Night Goes Rushing" by Hilda Conkling
Oh, when the land is white as milk
With bloom that lets no leaf between,
When trees are clad in grass-green silk
And thrushes sing in a gold screen:
What is it ails Dark Rosaleen?
"Menace" by Katharine Tynan
Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk with rows
Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.
"The Three Kings. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
She goes for a walk on an ocean wave,
She fishes for cats in a coral cave;
She drinks from an empty glass of milk,
And lines her potato trees with silk.
I'm sure that fornever and never was seen
So foolish a thing as the Nonsense Queen!
"A Great Lady" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

1 Floss silk trees, originally from Brazil and officially called Chorisia speciosa, come into full bloom in September here in Southern California, sporting a majestic pink cloud of large hibiscus-like flowers.
Naples resident Win Turner inspects a silk floss tree he planted over 65 years ago at a location now adjacent to the Naples Botanical Garden on Bayshore Drive on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011, in Naples.
Following the 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan, spiders climbed into branches and covered entire trees in silk.
At the Banyan Tree Samui in Thailand, a gathered silk ceiling detail above the bed creates both warmth and interest.
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In science:

Comparisons of results from our merger-tree approach and those from simulations and semi-analytical treatments (e.g., see Sadeh, Rephaeli & Silk 2007 and references therein) will yield important insight that will help gauging the relative merits and disadvantages of these very different approaches.
An expanded merger-tree description of cluster evolution
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