- any tropical tree or treelike plant having leaves or edible shoots suggestive of cabbage.
- an Australian palm tree of the genus Livistona, especially L. australis.
Origin of cabbage tree
First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for cabbage tree
The hat was a genuine "cabbage-tree," one of the sort that "last a lifetime."Children of the Bush
Flinders was wearing a cabbage-tree hat, for which a native had a fancy.The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders
He measured a cabbage-tree 120 feet in length, and some were longer.History of the Buccaneers of America
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).Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- Also called: ti a tree, Cordyline australis, of New Zealand having a tall branchless trunk and a palmlike top
- any of several other similar trees of the genus Cordyline
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