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noun

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

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Origin of pepper tree

First recorded in 1685–95
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  • The branches of a peppertree whose roots had been freshly watered wilted as a flower wilts when broken from the stalk.

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British Dictionary definitions for pepper tree (1 of 2)

peppertree
/ (ˈpɛpəˌtriː) /

noun

NZ another name for kawakawa

British Dictionary definitions for pepper tree (2 of 2)

pepper tree

noun

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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