from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A mythical tree or vine which figures in some primitive beliefs as affording the means of ascent from under-ground regions to the surface, or from the surface to the sky. Forms of this myth are found in Malacca, Borneo, Celebes, New Zealand, and Polynesia.
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Most remarkable among its numerous forms are those American and Malayo-Polynesian versions of the "heaven-tree" story which Mr. Tylor has brought together in his