paper mulberry


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.

Origin of paper mulberry

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