- any of several American magnolias, especially Magnolia acuminata, having ovate leaves, yellowish-green bell-shaped flowers, and dark red, conelike fruit.
- any of certain other trees, as an East Indian tree of the genus Averrhoa.
Origin of cucumber tree
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; so called from the resemblance of its fruit to cucumbers
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To "sell one's lentils well" and to "climb the cucumber-tree" mean to get on in the world and make one's fortune quickly.King Matthias and the Beggar Boy
- any of several American trees or shrubs of the genus Magnolia, esp M. acuminata, of E and central North America, having cup-shaped greenish flowers and cucumber-shaped fruits
- an E Asian tree, Averrhoa bilimbi, with edible fruits resembling small cucumbers: family AverrhoaceaeSee also carambola
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