from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Peruvian leguminous tree, Calliandra trinervia: so named from its silky tufts of stamens.
- n. Same as silk-tree.
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I picture the boss's wife, out there in that blonde-wood wilderness, with knick-knacks and silk-flower bouquets.
Auntie Gal was wearing a silk-flower lei and a hibiscus-patterned muumuu, in keeping with the luau theme of the party.
I remember wondering whether that was it, whether if I stayed home and made silk-flower wreaths and decoupage boxes Bobby wouldn't be so mad at me all the time.