rubber tree

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noun

any tree that yields latex from which rubber is produced, especially Hevea brasiliensis, of the spurge family, native to South America, the chief commercial source of rubber.

Nearby words

  1. rubber latex,
  2. rubber match,
  3. rubber plant,
  4. rubber room,
  5. rubber stamp,
  6. rubber-base paint,
  7. rubber-bulb syringe,
  8. rubber-chicken circuit,
  9. rubber-faced,
  10. rubber-stamp

Origin of rubber tree

First recorded in 1840–50

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Examples from the Web for rubber tree

  • It also includes the most useful teak as well as the rubber-tree and the cinchona.

    Commercial Geography|Jacques W. Redway
  • Thus far we had not seen a rubber-tree, vanilla-vine, coffee-tree, or anything else that we would accept as a gift.

  • Le Brunnec was convinced that the eva, which we had found in considerable numbers, was a rubber-tree.

  • Here are leaves shooting out like rafts, thick, like the leaves of a rubber-tree, but larger and of a deep red.

    Lord Dolphin|Harriet A. Cheever


British Dictionary definitions for rubber tree

rubber tree

noun

a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hevea brasiliensis, cultivated throughout the tropics, esp in Malaya, for the latex of its stem, which is the major source of commercial rubberSee also Pará rubber
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