from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a terrestrial evergreen shrub or small tree (Nuytsia floribunda) of West Australia having brilliant yellow-orange flowers; parasitic on roots of grasses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: Same as flame-tree, 1.
- n. In New Zealand, the Metrosideros tomentosa, a large myrtaceous tree with brilliant flowers.
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- n. a terrestrial evergreen shrub or small tree of western Australia having brilliant yellow-orange flowers; parasitic on roots of grasses
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The fire-tree is deciduous, and loses its leaves in
I had long wanted a swing put up in a great fire-tree which stood near the dovecot, and while the prisoners were loosening the earth about the four supporting posts, I sent Basilio to put it up.
The fire-tree and the mango are two others which are a joy to all true lovers of trees.
Fireflies abandon every tree and shrub for the fire-tree the moment it puts forth its buds, and nothing can coax them away until the ominous scarlet blossoms have drooped and fallen to the ground.
The myth that victory comes only to the tribe whose fire-tree has bloomed is implicitly believed, and impatiently the Moros await this announcement of the combat season.
The velvety dusk of the jungle was pierced here and there by the brilliant, crimson buds of the fire-tree.
Added to the pitfalls of the obscure trail, were hostile territories to be traversed, and if the enemies 'fire-tree had bloomed, they would surely be attacked and probably despoiled of their cargo.
Anxiously Piang watched for signs of the fire-tree as they slipped along through the enemies 'country, but as yet the buds had not stirred, and he was thankful that the warm rains had not come to coax them into glow.
Arrogantly Piang rode at the head of the procession, his proud little head crowned with a wreath of fire-tree blooms, the corners of his raft decorated with sprigs of the flaming buds.
Once the news of the rich booty to be captured and the prisoners to be taken had reached the valley people, nothing could keep them from pursuing, now that their fire-tree had bloomed.