[ truhm-pit-tree ]

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

Origin of trumpet-tree

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

Words Nearby trumpet-tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use trumpet-tree in a sentence

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

  • 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.

  • Then there are the curious cannon-ball tree, stately samans, the leopardwood tree, the trumpet tree and others equally attractive.

  • This was the cecropia or trumpet tree, falsely appearing firm and solid stemmed, but quite dominant in the neglected tangle.

    Jungle Peace | William Beebe