Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the leguminous genus Caragana. The Chinese pea-tree is C. Chamlagu, a low or spreading shrub occasionally planted for ornament. The Siberian pea-tree is C. arborescens, a shrub or low tree. Its seeds are fed to flows and are of some culinary use; its leaves yield a blue dye. It is sometimes planted for ornament.
- n. A shrub of the genus Sesbania. S. (Agati) grandiflora, sometimes specified as West Indian pea-tree, is an East Indian shrub naturalized in Florida and some of the West Indies, having white or red flowers 3 or 4 inches long. Swamp pea-tree, the fuller name of plants of this genus, is applied somewhat particularly to S. occidentale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) the name of several leguminous shrubs of the genus Caragana, natives of Siberia and China.
- n. any plant of the genus Caragana having even-pinnate leaves and mostly yellow flowers followed by seeds in a linear pod
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