an American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala, having large leaves in umbrellalike clusters.
any of various other trees resembling an umbrella.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Origin of umbrella tree
An Americanism dating back to 1730–40
Words nearby umbrella tree
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British Dictionary definitions for umbrella tree
a North American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala, having long leaves clustered into an umbrella formation at the ends of the branches and unpleasant-smelling white flowers
Also called: umbrella bush Any of various other trees or shrubs having leaves shaped like an umbrella or growing in an umbrella-like cluster
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