Umbrella tree
Umbrella Um*brel"la, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel}, {Umbrage}.] 1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain or snow. It is formed of silk, cotton, or other fabric, extended on strips of whalebone, steel, or other elastic material, inserted, or fastened to, a rod or stick by means of pivots or hinges, in such a way as to allow of being opened and closed with ease. See {Parasol}. [1913 Webster]

Underneath the umbrella's oily shed. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The umbrellalike disk, or swimming bell, of a jellyfish. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any marine tectibranchiate gastropod of the genus {Umbrella}, having an umbrella-shaped shell; -- called also {umbrella shell}. [1913 Webster]

{Umbrella ant} (Zo["o]l.), the sauba ant; -- so called because it carries bits of leaves over its back when foraging. Called also {parasol ant}.

{Umbrella bird} (Zo["o]l.), a South American bird ({Cephalopterus ornatus}) of the family {Cotingid[ae]}. It is black, with a large handsome crest consisting of a mass of soft, glossy blue feathers curved outward at the tips. It also has a cervical plume consisting of a long, cylindrical dermal process covered with soft hairy feathers. Called also {dragoon bird}.

{Umbrella leaf} (Bot.), an American perennial herb ({Dyphylleia cymosa}), having very large peltate and lobed radical leaves.

{Umbrella shell}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Umbrella}, 3.

{Umbrella tree} (Bot.), 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}). [1913 Webster]

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  • Umbrella tree — can refer to several items:* Under the Umbrella Tree , a 1986 Children s television program * Magnolia tripetala (Umbrella magnolia) * Musanga cecropioides (African Corkwood) * Polyscias murrayi * Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree or Octopus …   Wikipedia

  • umbrella tree — n. ☆ 1. an American magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) with clusters of long leaves at the ends of the branches, foul smelling white flowers, and reddish fruit 2. any of a number of other trees or shrubs whose leaves are umbrella shaped or grow with… …   English World dictionary

  • umbrella-tree — aštuonlapė nėrūnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aralijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Schefflera actinophylla), paplitęs Indonezijoje, Papua ir Naujojoje Gvinėjoje ir Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Schefflera actinophylla angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • umbrella-tree — stambialapė magnolija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Magnolijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Magnolia macrophylla), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Magnolia macrophylla angl. big leaf magnolia; large leaf cucumber tree;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • umbrella-tree — paprastoji vilkobelė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šunobelinių šeimos medieninis augalas (Maesopsis eminii), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Maesopsis eminii angl. musizi; umbrella tree šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių kalbos komisijos… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • umbrella tree — /ʌmˈbrɛlə tri/ (say um breluh tree) noun 1. an Australian tree, Schefflera actinophylla, with large digitately compound shining leaves and small raspberry like clusters of red flowers which are borne at the ends of branches in long radiating… …   Australian English dictionary

  • umbrella tree — noun 1. erect evergreen shrub or small tree of Australia and northern New Guinea having palmately compound leaves • Syn: ↑Schefflera actinophylla, ↑Brassaia actinophylla • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Schefflera …   Useful english dictionary

  • umbrella tree — umbrel′la tree n. 1) pln an American magnolia, Magnolia tripetala, having large leaves in umbrellalike clusters 2) pln any of various other trees resembling an umbrella • Etymology: 1730–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • umbrella tree — n. magnolia native to the United States with leaves shaped like an umbrella; any of the different trees that resemble an umbrella …   English contemporary dictionary

  • umbrella tree — noun Date: circa 1790 any of various trees or shrubs resembling an umbrella especially in the arrangement of leaves or the shape of the crown; especially a widely cultivated schefflera (Schefflera actinophylla syn. Brassaia actinophylla) of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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