Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A North American shrub or small tree, Ptelea trifoliata, belonging to the rue family, having trifoliate leaves, and small greenish-white flowers in terminal cymes. The fruit is a 2-celled and 2-seeded samara, winged all around, bitter, and said to be used as a substitute for hops. Also called
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“In few instances should we have to go far from home to find nearly all that we wanted in beautiful variety -- maples, dogwoods, scarlet and chestnut oaks, the liquid - amber, the whitewood or tulip-tree, white birch, and horn-beam, or the hop-tree; not to speak of the evergreens and shrubs indigenous to our forests.”
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