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  1. a tropical American tree, Cecropia peltata, of the mulberry family, having hollow, jointed stems and branches used in making certain wind instruments.
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Origin of trumpet-tree

First recorded in 1750–60
Also called trum·pet·wood [truhm-pit-woo d] /ˈtrʌm pɪtˌwʊd/.
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Historical Examples

  • "There is another tree, called the trumpet-tree," continued their uncle.

    Harper's Young People, March 8, 1881


  • In 1882 I captured several at flowers of the trumpet-tree (Brugmansia) in a garden near Auckland.

  • They feed chiefly on the leaves of the trumpet-tree (Cecropia), resembling our horse-chestnut.