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.

    Odds Are

  • Auntie Gal was wearing a silk-flower lei and a hibiscus-patterned muumuu, in keeping with the luau theme of the party.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • 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.

    Black and Blue


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