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bottle tree

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noun
  1. any of several trees of the genus Brachychiton, native to Australia, characterized by a bottle-shaped swelling of the trunk, as B. rupestris (narrow-leaved bottle tree) or B. australis (broad-leaved bottle tree).
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Origin of bottle tree

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • In that of Adelaide we see the Australian bottle-tree, which is a native of this country only.

    Foot-prints of Travel

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • It was on Mount Abundance that the first bottle-tree was discovered.

  • Here we first saw the Australian bottle-tree, which is native only to these colonies.

    Under the Southern Cross

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • The gullies were full of bush-trees, amongst which the Bottle-tree, and the Corypha-palm were frequent.


British Dictionary definitions for bottle tree

bottle tree

noun
  1. any of several Australian sterculiaceous trees of the genus Sterculia (or Brachychiton) that have a bottle-shaped swollen trunk
  2. another name for baobab
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