from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sapotaceous tree of Morocco, Argania Sideroxylon, the only species of the genus Argania.
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But after a time we rode into the country of the argan-tree, that most interesting and unique specimen, which flourishes in this corner of Morocco, covering an area about two hundred miles long and forty wide, and growing nowhere else in the known world.
A white saint-house stood out against the colour, its dome like dazzling chalk, it shadows blue: we looked back at it from under an argan-tree, in the shade of which we rested for ten minutes, picking up a few nuts, and drinking long and deep out of Omar's stone water-jar.
We finally, and unexpectedly, left the heat behind and ascended into the cool argan-tree groves of the Anti-Atlas Mountains.