Definitions

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

  • n. Either of two trees, Magnolia fraseri or M. tripetala, of the southeast United States, having large leaves clustered in an umbrellalike form at the ends of the branches.
  • n. An Australian evergreen tree (Brassasia actinophylla), having palmately compound leaves and widely cultivated in its smaller forms as a houseplant.
  • n. See schefflera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a kind of magnolia (Magnolia Umbrella) with the large leaves arranged in umbrellalike clusters at the ends of the branches. It is a native of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky. Other plants in various countries are called by this name, especially a kind of screw pine (Pandanus odoratissimus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the southern United States, a cultivated flat-topped variety of the china-tree, Melia Azedarach, in which the branches radiate from the main stem like the ribs of an umbrella.
  • n. See grass-tree, 4.
  • n. An American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala (M. Umbrella), widely distributed, but not common, from Pennsylvania southward and southwestward.
  • n. See Thespesia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. erect evergreen shrub or small tree of Australia and northern New Guinea having palmately compound leaves
  • n. small deciduous tree of eastern North America having creamy white flowers and large leaves in formations like umbrellas at the ends of branches

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  • Birds are numerous, from the “scrub fowl” which dwells in the dim jungle and constructs of decaying leaves and wood and light loam the most trustworthy of incubators, and wastes no valuable time in the dead-and-alive duty of sitting, to the tiny sun-bird of yellow and purple, which flits all day among scarlet hibiscus blooms, sips nectar from the flame-tree, and rifles the dull red studs of the umbrella tree of their sweetness.

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