- any of several tropical trees of the sapodilla family, having seeds that yield a butterlike oil.
Origin of butter tree
First recorded in 1820–30
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He gathered some of the finest pats from the butter-tree, and some fresh French rolls from the bread-tree.The New Paul and Virginia
W. H. Mallock