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

  • n. An evergreen tree (Ficus aurea) of southern Florida and the West Indies, having elliptic leaves and yellow fruit.

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  • n. a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers
  • n. a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas


From the fact that it strangles its host.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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