butter tree



any of several tropical trees of the sapodilla family, having seeds that yield a butterlike oil.

Origin of butter tree

First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for butter tree

  • He gathered some of the finest pats from the butter-tree, and some fresh French rolls from the bread-tree.