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large-leaved cucumber tree

[lahrj-leevd] /ˈlɑrdʒˌlivd/
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.
Origin of large-leaved cucumber tree
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The large-leaved cucumber tree exceeds all other magnolias in the size of its leaves and flowers.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • It is known as large-leaved cucumber tree, great-leaved magnolia, large-leaved umbrella tree, and long-leaved magnolia.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The silver-lined leaves of the large-leaved cucumber tree are over a foot in length, sometimes two and one-half feet, down South.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers

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