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coral tree

any of various tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Erythrina, of the legume family, having large clusters of pealike flowers.
Origin of coral tree
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
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  • "I do not understand those clouds," he said to Thalma as he sat with her and Alpha in the shade of the coral tree.

    Omega, the Man Lowell Howard Morrow
  • Erythrìnas (coral tree), a genus containing about thirty species of leguminose, scarlet-flowering plants.

  • These make merry among the flowers of the coral tree, which appear first in South India, and last in the Punjab.

  • It settled on a crimson hibiscus, hanging like a flame against the pale stem of a coral tree.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for coral tree

coral tree

any of various thorny, tropical trees of the leguminous genus Erythrina, having bright red flowers and reddish shiny seeds
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