pepper tree

  1. any of several chiefly South American, evergreen trees belonging to the genus Schinus, of the cashew family, cultivated in subtropical regions as an ornamental.

Origin of pepper tree

First recorded in 1685–95

Words Nearby pepper tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pepper tree in a sentence

  • There was a spot under a low-hanging pepper tree where Jan dug into the cool, moist earth until he had made a nice, big hole.

    Prince Jan, St. Bernard | Forrestine C. Hooker
  • The air was sweet with the mingled breath of June roses, orange blossoms, and the pepper-tree.

    The Californians | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • It turned out, upon inquiry, to be a pepper tree--an importation from China.

    Following the Equator, Part 3 | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The hoopoe which had been saying Cuk—Cuk—Cuk all the morning in the pepper tree was silent.

    Notwithstanding | Mary Cholmondeley
  • Too, each afternoon he had eagerly watched at the pepper tree for the appearance of his Lady Red Bird, but she had not come.

    Nan of the Gypsies | Grace May North

British Dictionary definitions for peppertree (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpɛpəˌtriː) /

  1. NZ another name for kawakawa

British Dictionary definitions for pepper tree (2 of 2)

pepper tree

  1. Also called: mastic tree any of several evergreen anacardiaceous trees of the chiefly South American genus Schinus, esp S. molle, having yellowish-white flowers and bright red ornamental fruits

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