large-leaved cucumber tree

[ lahrj-leevd ]

  1. a round-headed tree, Magnolia macrophylla, of the southeastern United States, having soft, hairy leaves from 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters) long, fragrant, cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers with a purplish base which are from 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 centimeters) wide, and rose-colored, round fruit.

Origin of large-leaved cucumber tree

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Words Nearby large-leaved cucumber tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use large-leaved cucumber tree in a sentence

  • It is known as large-leaved cucumber tree, great-leaved magnolia, large-leaved umbrella tree, and long-leaved magnolia.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson
  • The large-leaved cucumber tree exceeds all other magnolias in the size of its leaves and flowers.

    Trees Worth Knowing | Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The silver-lined leaves of the large-leaved cucumber tree are over a foot in length, sometimes two and one-half feet, down South.

    Trees Every Child Should Know | Julia Ellen Rogers