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pepper tree

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
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tree which produces this pepper has a larger body, with broader and flatter leaves than the pepper tree of Calicut.

  • He stopped Mary Pick under a pepper tree and surveyed the scene.

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

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • The man had been sitting quietly in the shade of the little building and of the one pepper tree which grew beside its threshold.

  • 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
  • The hoopoe which had been saying Cuk—Cuk—Cuk all the morning in the pepper tree was silent.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • A mockingbird sang in the pepper tree near the house but there was no other sound.

    Nan of the Gypsies Grace May North
  • It turned out, upon inquiry, to be a pepper tree—an importation from China.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It turned out, upon inquiry, to be a pepper tree--an importation from China.

    Following the Equator, Part 3 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for pepper tree

pepper tree

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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