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dragon tree

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noun
  1. a tall, treelike plant, Dracaena draco, of the Canary Islands, scarce in the wild but common in cultivation, yielding a variety of dragon's blood.
  2. any of several other plants of the genus Dracaena, as D. marginata, having long, sword-shaped, variously colored leaves, cultivated as ornamentals.

Origin of dragon tree

First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for dragon tree

Historical Examples

  • Dracænas, Dragon-tree, about twelve species of Asiatic plants, varied in character.

    The American Flower Garden Directory

    Thomas Hibbert

  • Here grow brigalow and mulga, gaunt and weird as the dragon-tree of the Soudan.

    Australian Pictures

    Howard Willoughby

  • When dusk began to stir within the Dragon-tree, Mishcha awoke and came and looked at him.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars

    Walter De La Mare


British Dictionary definitions for dragon tree

dragon tree

noun
  1. a tree, Dracaena draco, of the Canary Islands, having clusters of sword-shaped leaves at the tips of its branches: family Agavaceae . It is a source of dragon's blood
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