Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cow-tree (Brosimem galactodendron).
- n. A tree of one of several other genera, as Tabernæmontana utilis, of British Guiana.
“One sat plaiting palm fibres into a basket; the other was boring the stem of a huge milk-tree, which rose like some mighty column on the right hand of the lawn, its broad canopy of leaves unseen through the dense underwood of laurel and bamboo, and betokened only by the rustle far aloft, and by the mellow shade in which it bathed the whole delicious scene.”
“The tree was a towering giant, of the kind called milk-tree, because a thick milky juice runs freely from any cut.”
“What most interested us were large logs of the Masseranduba, or milk-tree.”
“And very much surprised was I when the Indians stopped before a large tree, and on their making an incision in the bark with a matcheto (hatchet), there exuded a thick creamy liquid, which they wished me to taste, saying that this was the famous milk-tree.”
“The milk-tree rises with a straight stem to an enormous height, and the fruit, about the size of a small apple, is full of rich and juicy pulp, and is very good.”
“The masseranduba, or milk-tree, as it is called, is indeed one of the most wonderful of all the extraordinary trees in the forests of Brazil, and is one among many instances of the bountiful manner, in which God provides for the wants of his creatures.”
“No doubt this might with equal truth be said of all the gifts that a beneficent Creator bestows upon mankind; but when, as in the case of this milk-tree, the provision for our wants comes in a singular and striking manner, it seems fitting and appropriate that we should specially acknowledge the gift as coming from the hand of Him who giveth us all things liberally to enjoy.”
“At Caucagua, the natives call the tree that furnishes this nourishing juice, the milk-tree (arbol del leche).”
“De Candolle suspects to be of the family of sapotas, as well as our milk-tree.”
“It was the _palo de vaca_, or "cow-tree," called sometimes by an equally appropriate name _arbol del leche_, or "milk-tree.”
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