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cucumber tree

any of several American magnolias, especially Magnolia acuminata, having ovate leaves, yellowish-green bell-shaped flowers, and dark red, conelike fruit.
any of certain other trees, as an East Indian tree of the genus Averrhoa.
Origin of cucumber tree
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85; so called from the resemblance of its fruit to cucumbers Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At other times he sowed seeds of the cucumber tree, chickory and "colliflower" and planted ivy and wild honeysuckle.

    George Washington: Farmer

    Paul Leland Haworth
  • The wood of the cucumber tree is light, close-textured, weak, and pale brown in color.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Next to the yellow poplar, the cucumber tree is the most important species of the magnolia family, at least as a source of lumber.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Everywhere the rhododendron was bloom-loaded, and the large-petaled flower of the "cucumber tree" spread its waxen whiteness.

    A Pagan of the Hills

    Charles Neville Buck
  • It was a dugout or canoe, made by hollowing with axe and adz a section of a cucumber tree.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • The seed-pods of the cucumber tree soaked in raw whiskey makes a first-rate bitters for all such like fevers.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
British Dictionary definitions for cucumber tree

cucumber tree

any of several American trees or shrubs of the genus Magnolia, esp M. acuminata, of E and central North America, having cup-shaped greenish flowers and cucumber-shaped fruits
an E Asian tree, Averrhoa bilimbi, with edible fruits resembling small cucumbers: family Averrhoaceae See also carambola
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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