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Osage orange

  1. Also called bois d'arc, bowwood. a tree, Maclura pomifera, of the mulberry family, native to the south-central U.S., having hard, yellowish wood and often cultivated for hedges.
  2. the round, rough-skinned, inedible fruit of this tree.
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Origin of Osage orange

First recorded in 1810–20
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Historical Examples of osage orange

  • He walked on to the far corner of the osage-orange thicket, and stood there in the deepest part of the shadow.

    The Open Question

    Elizabeth Robins

  • The smallest of the children had tumbled head first into the osage-orange hedge, and could not get out.

  • Silkworms will eat the leaves of Osage-orange, but they seem to prefer mulberry leaves.

  • Each had fed the leaves of the Osage-orange exclusively for the last two years, and with the best results.

  • I believe in windbreaks; I do not know what would be best; mine is protected by natural forest-trees and Osage-orange hedge.

    The Apple


British Dictionary definitions for osage orange

Osage orange

  1. a North American moraceous tree, Maclura pomifera, grown for hedges and ornament
  2. the warty orange-like fruit of this plant
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