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Osage orange

noun
1.
Also called bois d'arc, bowwood. a tree, Maclura pomifera, of the mulberry family, native to the south-central U.S., having hard, yellowish wood and often cultivated for hedges.
2.
the round, rough-skinned, inedible fruit of this tree.
Origin of Osage orange
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20
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  • The Osage orange—is the best, in all latitudes where it will flourish.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • Windbreaks are essential; I would make them of three rows of box-elder or Osage orange.

    The Apple Various
  • However, the growing of Osage orange timber for posts is on the increase.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • She seemed to be just sauntering about, occasionally kicking an Osage orange.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • Windbreaks are essential; I would make them of Osage orange.

    The Apple Various
  • I would make them of Osage orange, and would surround the orchard with a fence of the same.

    The Apple Various
  • Windbreaks would be beneficial; I would make them of Osage orange.

    The Apple Various
  • Osage orange is fairly good; all may be raised from young trees or seed.

    The Apple Various
  • I have Osage orange on the north and a creek with native timber on the south.

    The Apple Various
  • The dyeing principle of the Osage orange wood was not used prior to the investigations conducted by the Laboratory.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
British Dictionary definitions for Osage orange

Osage orange

noun
1.
a North American moraceous tree, Maclura pomifera, grown for hedges and ornament
2.
the warty orange-like fruit of this plant
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