paper mulberry

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noun

a mulberry tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, of eastern Asia, having alternate leaves that vary in size, round catkins, and orange-red fruit, grown widely as a shade tree.

Nearby words

  1. paper gold,
  2. paper knife,
  3. paper match,
  4. paper mill worker's disease,
  5. paper money,
  6. paper nautilus,
  7. paper over,
  8. paper profit,
  9. paper tape,
  10. paper tiger

Origin of paper mulberry

First recorded in 1770–80; so called because its bark is used to make paper

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British Dictionary definitions for paper mulberry

paper mulberry

noun

a small moraceous E Asian tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, the inner bark of which was formerly used for making paper in JapanSee also tapa
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