• synonyms

cabbage tree

  1. any tropical tree or treelike plant having leaves or edible shoots suggestive of cabbage.
  2. an Australian palm tree of the genus Livistona, especially L. australis.
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Origin of cabbage tree

First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for cabbage tree

Historical Examples

  • The hat was a genuine "cabbage-tree," one of the sort that "last a lifetime."

    Children of the Bush

    Henry Lawson

  • Flinders was wearing a cabbage-tree hat, for which a native had a fancy.

  • He measured a cabbage-tree 120 feet in length, and some were longer.

  • This hat was made of the white filaments of the cabbage-tree, and seemed to excite the attention and wishes of the whole party.

  • A peculiar alkaloid obtained by Huttenschmidt from the bark of the Cabbage-tree (Andira inermis).

British Dictionary definitions for cabbage tree

cabbage tree

  1. Also called: ti a tree, Cordyline australis, of New Zealand having a tall branchless trunk and a palmlike top
  2. any of several other similar trees of the genus Cordyline
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