shade tree

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noun

a tree planted or valued for its shade.

Nearby words

  1. shaddai,
  2. shaddock,
  3. shade,
  4. shade cloth,
  5. shade deck,
  6. shade-grown,
  7. shade-tree,
  8. shaded,
  9. shades,
  10. shades of

Origin of shade tree

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

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Word Origin and History for shade-tree

shade-tree

n.

1806, from shade (n.) + tree (n.).

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