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pepper tree

noun
1.
any of several chiefly South American, evergreen trees belonging to the genus Schinus, of the cashew family, cultivated in subtropical regions as an ornamental.
Origin of pepper tree
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95
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  • He stopped Mary Pick under a pepper tree and surveyed the scene.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • It was at this moment that O-liver stopped under the pepper tree.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • In the middle of the square a pepper tree stretched its thin branches across a marble fountain, in which shining water splashed.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • It turned out, upon inquiry, to be a pepper tree—an importation from China.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A mockingbird sang in the pepper tree near the house but there was no other sound.

    Nan of the Gypsies

    Grace May North
  • Without greeting he hastily took up the only chair he had and placed it in the shade of the pepper tree in front of the shack.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • It turned out, upon inquiry, to be a pepper tree--an importation from China.

    Following the Equator, Part 3 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The hoopoe which had been saying Cuk—Cuk—Cuk all the morning in the pepper tree was silent.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • Too, each afternoon he had eagerly watched at the pepper tree for the appearance of his Lady Red Bird, but she had not come.

    Nan of the Gypsies

    Grace May North
  • Then your kinsfolk and my kinsfolk are to meet under the pepper tree as the bells of the old mission tell the hour of noon.

    Nan of the Gypsies

    Grace May North
British Dictionary definitions for pepper tree

pepper tree

noun
1.
Also called mastic tree. any of several evergreen anacardiaceous trees of the chiefly South American genus Schinus, esp S. molle, having yellowish-white flowers and bright red ornamental fruits
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