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  • n. Any one of several trees or shrubs with yellow or bright red flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tree with showy scarlet flowers, as the Rhododendron arboreum in India, and the Brachychiton acerifolium of Australia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Nuytsia floribunda of western Australia, a loranthaceous tree with numerous brilliant orange-colored flowers. Also called fire-tree.
  • n. The Sterculia acerifolia of New South Wales.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
  • n. a terrestrial evergreen shrub or small tree of western Australia having brilliant yellow-orange flowers; parasitic on roots of grasses
  • n. south Australian tree having panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers
  • n. north Australian tree having white flowers and broad leaves
  • n. tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery


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  • "In the park at the end of the street the flame trees and the Moreton Bay figs covered the grass with their broad, brittle leaves that Dolly Pickles kicked up in drifts as she walked alone when the children were at school and she was waiting for the copper to boil in the laundry or she just couldn't stand to be in that big old place anymore, avoiding the plain gaze of that little Lamb woman as she went stiffbooted about her neverending business."

    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 52 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 29, 2010