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large-leaved cucumber tree

[lahrj-leevd]
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  1. a round-headed tree, Magnolia macrophylla, of the southeastern U.S., having soft, hairy leaves from 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) long, fragrant, cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers with a purplish base which are from 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) wide, and rose-colored, round fruit.
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Origin of large-leaved cucumber tree

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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