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umbrella tree

an American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala, having large leaves in umbrellalike clusters.
any of various other trees resembling an umbrella.
Origin of umbrella tree
An Americanism dating back to 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here was pointed out a fine, lofty specimen of the umbrella tree, of the pine family, with broad leaves of a deep green.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • By this time a path had been cut through to the palm grove and from it to the umbrella tree.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for umbrella tree

umbrella tree

a North American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala, having long leaves clustered into an umbrella formation at the ends of the branches and unpleasant-smelling white flowers
Also called umbrella bush. Any of various other trees or shrubs having leaves shaped like an umbrella or growing in an umbrella-like cluster
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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