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rubber tree

any tree that yields latex from which rubber is produced, especially Hevea brasiliensis, of the spurge family, native to South America, the chief commercial source of rubber.
Origin of rubber tree
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Guianas, where the rubber tree was first studied, might be purchased.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • The truth is that, as he swung his ax and cut into the tree before him, it was not a maple tree at all, but a rubber tree.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • On each side were splendid trees, the rubber tree growing as high as seventy feet.

    Our Little Brazilian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • The rubber tree found in the tropical forests has become one of the most necessary of trees.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • Three years' growth is required before the rubber tree is tapped.

  • Could you pull the rubber tree out as high as the stars, and would it snap back again?

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • A yellow, creamy liquid flows forth from the rubber tree into small cups placed beneath an incision made in the trunk.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • Gikutdan na ang gúma, The rubber tree has ceased giving latex.

  • Many of these dear friends of his came into the room and explored the rubber tree and sang in its branches.

    The Prodigal Village Irving Bacheller
  • The rubber tree used to speak to him in those days of his depression and say, "It will be summer soon."

    The Prodigal Village Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for rubber tree

rubber tree

a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hevea brasiliensis, cultivated throughout the tropics, esp in Malaya, for the latex of its stem, which is the major source of commercial rubber See also Pará rubber
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