- any tree, as Coffea arabica, yielding coffee beans.
- Kentucky coffee tree.
Origin of coffee tree
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for coffee tree
The fruit of the coffee-tree is a deep-red berry not quite so large as a cherry.
The coffee-tree is thought to be in its prime at from five to ten years of age.Equatorial America
Maturin M. Ballou
In it I read that you were in warm lands where the coffee-tree grows.Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
The coffee-tree may be cultivated in almost any soil that is fertile; it thrives best, however, in red soil.
It was he who planted the fine old trees which now shade the lawn; among them the coffee-tree so much admired.
- any of several rubiaceous trees of the genus Coffea, esp C. arabica, the seeds of which are used in the preparation of the beverage coffee
- short for Kentucky coffee tree
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