pepper tree



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peppertree

  • The branches of a peppertree whose roots had been freshly watered wilted as a flower wilts when broken from the stalk.

    The Red Man's Continent|Ellsworth Huntington

British Dictionary definitions for peppertree (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpɛpəˌtriː) /


NZ another name for kawakawa

British Dictionary definitions for peppertree (2 of 2)

pepper tree


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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