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shade tree

noun
  1. a tree planted or valued for its shade.
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Origin of shade tree

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for shade-tree

Historical Examples

  • Then her eye rose to the overhanging branch of a shade-tree near them.

    Gentle Julia

    Booth Tarkington

  • He knew where the big brown beetles hummed and buzzed while they munched greedily of shade-tree leaves.

    Bird Stories

    Edith M. Patch

  • The rider might lounge under a shade-tree, kicking up his heels to the sky.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • Soon the shade-tree sent out its blossoms of lilac, and the dog-wood burst into a pile of snow.

  • This is the ailanthus, a large tree which you have often seen in the village, and which used to be popular as a shade-tree.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

    Ella Rodman Church


Word Origin and History for shade-tree

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper