- 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
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Examples from the Web for pepper tree
Two men, whom I had not noticed before, had been sharing with me the shade of the pepper-tree.The Bandolero
In this second wall, near the pepper-tree, was the home of our two monkeys Jack and Jill.
The leaves and bark of this tree have a hot biting cinnamon-like taste on which account it is vulgarly called the pepper-tree.
Polly tied Blanquita to the pepper-tree, caught her habit in one hand, and ran up the walnut-tree avenue to the Nobles' house.Polly Oliver's Problem
Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
The pepper-tree abounds in Santa Barbara, and the eucalyptus is being planted a good deal.
- 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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