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silk tree

a tree, Albizia julibrissin, of the legume family, native to Asia, having pinnate leaves and plumelike pink flowers and widely cultivated as an ornamental.
Also called mimosa.
Origin of silk tree
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Dahomans worshiped snakes, a silk tree, a poison tree and a kind of ocean god whom they called Hu.

    Negro Folk Rhymes Thomas W. Talley

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