Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various trees having brilliant red flowers, especially the royal poinciana or the Australian bottle tree Brachychiton acerifolius.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun 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
  • noun a terrestrial evergreen shrub or small tree of western Australia having brilliant yellow-orange flowers; parasitic on roots of grasses
  • noun south Australian tree having panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers
  • noun north Australian tree having white flowers and broad leaves
  • noun tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery

Etymologies

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flame + tree

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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