- a tropical American tree, Hura crepitans, of the spurge family, bearing a furrowed, roundish fruit about the size of an orange that when ripe and dry bursts with a sharp report and scatters the seeds.
Origin of sandbox tree
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for sandbox tree
In Jamaica they call it the sandbox-tree, because they get the pretty, fluted seed cases, and make sand-boxes of them.
The sandbox-tree is one of the most beautiful growths of West Indian forests.
Sandbox-Tree, hura crepitans, rises to the height of from twenty to thirty feet.
- a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hura crepitans, having small woody seed capsules, which explode when ripe to scatter the seeds: formerly used to hold sand for blotting ink
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