Definitions

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  • n. shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament
  • n. erect forest tree of Cuba and Jamaica having variably hairy leaves and orange-yellow or orange-red flowers; yields a moderately dense timber for cabinetwork and gunstocks

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Examples

  • Acacias and mimosas, the seiba and the mahagua, with other hard-wood trees innumerable, crowded close to one another; while epiphytes perched on every branch, and creepers bound the whole forest into a compact mass of vegetation, through which no bird could fly.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • It was a sudden transition from an English, plantation of fir trees into the jungle of the tropics, full of Indian figs, palms, lancewood, and great mahagua [1] trees, all knotted together by endless creepers and parasites; while the parrots kept up a continual chattering and screaming in the tree-tops.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • [1: The mahagua tree furnishes that curious fibrous network which is known as _bast_, and used to wrap bundles of cigars in.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

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