- any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Aesculus, as A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), having palmate leaves, gray, scaly bark, and bell-shaped greenish-yellow flowers in upright clusters: the state tree of Ohio.
- the brown nut of any of these trees.
- (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Ohio (used as a nickname).
- a butterfly, Precis lavinia, having dark-brown wings with purple or red eyespots.
Origin of buckeye
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Ohio is called the "Buck-eye" state and is named after this tree.
The leaves of the Buck-eye are five-fingered, while those of the tree commonly called the Horse Chestnut are seven-fingered.
She was soon opposite the lawn; and, sure enough, proved to be what Lucien had said she was—the mail-steamer “Buck-eye.”The Boy Hunters
Captain Mayne Reid
Its favourite haunt is among the red and scentless flowers of the buck-eye, or the large trumpet-shaped blossoms of the bignonia.The Quadroon
On the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia the dugout is made into a sail-boat called the buck-eye, or bug-eye.Boat-Building and Boating
Daniel Carter Beard
- any of several North American trees of the genus Aesculus, esp A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), having erect clusters of white or red flowers and prickly fruits: family HippocastanaceaeSee also horse chestnut
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Word Origin and History for buck-eye
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