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Ohio buckeye

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  1. See under buckeye(def 1).
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Origin of Ohio buckeye

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

buckeye

[buhk-ahy]
noun, plural buck·eyes.
  1. any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Aesculus, as A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), having palmate leaves, gray, scaly bark, and bell-shaped greenish-yellow flowers in upright clusters: the state tree of Ohio.
  2. the brown nut of any of these trees.
  3. (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Ohio (used as a nickname).
  4. a butterfly, Precis lavinia, having dark-brown wings with purple or red eyespots.
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Origin of buckeye

1755–65, Americanism; buck1 stag + eye, orig. used to designate def. 1, in allusion to the look of the seed
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British Dictionary definitions for ohio buckeye

buckeye

noun
  1. any of several North American trees of the genus Aesculus, esp A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), having erect clusters of white or red flowers and prickly fruits: family HippocastanaceaeSee also horse chestnut
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