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Meaning of GRASS TREE

Pronunciation:  gras tree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  gaunt Tasmanian evergreen shrubby tree with slender tapering leaves 3 to 5 feet long
  2. [n]  any of several Australian evergreen perennials having short thick woody stems crowned by a tuft of grasslike foliage and yielding acaroid resins
  3. [n]  elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal clusters of long narrow leaves and large panicles of fragrant white, yellow or red flowers; New Zealand
 
 Synonyms: Australian grass tree, cabbage tree, Cordyline australis, Richea pandanifolia, tree heath
 
 See Also: arborescent plant, Australian heath, Cordyline, genus Cordyline, genus Richea, genus Xanthorroea, Richea, tree, Xanthorroea

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Grass" tree"\ (Bot.)
(a) An Australian plant of the genus {Xanthorrh[oe]a}, having
    a thick trunk crowned with a dense tuft of pendulous,
    grasslike leaves, from the center of which arises a long
    stem, bearing at its summit a dense flower spike looking
    somewhat like a large cat-tail. These plants are often
    called ``blackboys'' from the large trunks denuded and
    blackened by fire. They yield two kinds of fragrant
    resin, called {Botany-bay gum}, and {Gum Acaroides}.
(b) A similar Australian plant ({Kingia australis}).

 

 

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