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shade tree

a tree planted or valued for its shade.
Origin of shade tree
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then her eye rose to the overhanging branch of a shade-tree near them.

    Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington
  • He knew where the big brown beetles hummed and buzzed while they munched greedily of shade-tree leaves.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • The rider might lounge under a shade-tree, kicking up his heels to the sky.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • Soon the shade-tree sent out its blossoms of lilac, and the dog-wood burst into a pile of snow.

  • This is the ailanthus, a large tree which you have often seen in the village, and which used to be popular as a shade-tree.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge Ella Rodman Church
  • As he stepped down, he became aware that someone leaned against a shade-tree in the yard.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
Word Origin and History for shade-tree

1806, from shade (n.) + tree (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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