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

  • n. A tropical American tree (Hura crepitans) having an irritating milky juice, a spiny trunk, and large woody seed capsules that split explosively when ripe.

Etymologies

So called because the capsules were formerly used to hold sand for drying ink.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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