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coffee tree

noun
  1. any tree, as Coffea arabica, yielding coffee beans.
  2. Kentucky coffee tree.
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Origin of coffee tree

First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for coffee tree

Historical Examples

  • The fruit of the coffee-tree is a deep-red berry not quite so large as a cherry.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • The coffee-tree is thought to be in its prime at from five to ten years of age.

    Equatorial America

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • In it I read that you were in warm lands where the coffee-tree grows.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • The coffee-tree may be cultivated in almost any soil that is fertile; it thrives best, however, in red soil.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • It was he who planted the fine old trees which now shade the lawn; among them the coffee-tree so much admired.


British Dictionary definitions for coffee tree

coffee tree

noun
  1. any of several rubiaceous trees of the genus Coffea, esp C. arabica, the seeds of which are used in the preparation of the beverage coffee
  2. short for Kentucky coffee tree
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