Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic, resinous tree (Bursera simaruba) of Florida, Central America, and the West Indies, having compound leaves and small white flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tropical American tree (Bursera simaruba) yielding a reddish resin used in cements and varnishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Jamaica or West Indian birch (which see, under birch).

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

  • n. tropical American tree yielding a reddish resin used in cements and varnishes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps gumbo + limbo (possibly of Bantu origin; akin to Kongo -dimbo, birdlime).

Examples

  • Dad and I helped Sharkey out of the wagon, then tied Jewel to the old gumbo-limbo tree.

    BLOWN AWAY!

  • I stopped by the trunk of a gumbo-limbo and pointed to the smooth bark, which was scarred with scratches.

    BLOWN AWAY!

  • A huge limb broke off from the gumbo-limbo tree and fell in our path.

    BLOWN AWAY!

  • Jewel was tied up with a thick rope to a gumbo-limbo tree, while Rudy was checking out the landscape, sniffing and smelling every bush.

    BLOWN AWAY!

  • Then, spitting and yowling, it ran up the nearer of the two gumbo-limbo trees.

    Black Caesar's Clan : a Florida Mystery Story

  • Evidently, the trail had its ending at that screen of vineleaves draped between two giant gumbo-limbo trees at the lawn's verge.

    Black Caesar's Clan : a Florida Mystery Story

  • Coldly, she turned away, and crossed to where the collie was beginning to weary of his fruitless efforts to climb the shinily smooth bark of the giant gumbo-limbo.

    Black Caesar's Clan : a Florida Mystery Story

  • I don’t know how long I was out cold, but in the early hours of the morning I awoke and found myself cradled in the broken bough of a tall gumbo-limbo tree.

    BLOWN AWAY!

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