Flame tree
Flame Flame (fl[=a]m), n. [OE. flame, flaume, flaumbe, OF. flame, flambe, F. flamme, fr. L. flamma, fr. flamma, fr. flagrare to burn. See {Flagrant}, and cf. {Flamneau}, {Flamingo}.] 1. A stream of burning vapor or gas, emitting light and heat; darting or streaming fire; a blaze; a fire. [1913 Webster]

2. Burning zeal or passion; elevated and noble enthusiasm; glowing imagination; passionate excitement or anger. ``In a flame of zeal severe.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Smit with the love of sister arts we came, And met congenial, mingling flame with flame. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Ardor of affection; the passion of love. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

4. A person beloved; a sweetheart. --Thackeray.

Syn: Blaze; brightness; ardor. See {Blaze}. [1913 Webster]

{Flame bridge}, a bridge wall. See {Bridge}, n., 5.

{Flame color}, brilliant orange or yellow. --B. Jonson.

{Flame engine}, an early name for the gas engine.

{Flame manometer}, an instrument, invented by Koenig, to obtain graphic representation of the action of the human vocal organs. See {Manometer}.

{Flame reaction} (Chem.), a method of testing for the presence of certain elements by the characteristic color imparted to a flame; as, sodium colors a flame yellow, potassium violet, lithium crimson, boracic acid green, etc. Cf. {Spectrum analysis}, under {Spectrum}.

{Flame tree} (Bot.), a tree with showy scarlet flowers, as the {Rhododendron arboreum} in India, and the {Brachychiton acerifolium} of Australia. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Flame tree — is a common name used in various parts of the world to refer to several different species of tree: * Delonix regia Royal Poinciana * Brachychiton acerifolius Illawarra flame tree * Koelreuteria bipinnata Chinese flame tree * Peltophorum africanum …   Wikipedia

  • flame-tree — flameˈ tree noun 1. A thick stemmed Australian tree, Brachychiton acerifolium, with glossy leaves and scarlet bell shaped flowers 2. Applied to various other trees, specif the flamboyant tree (see under ↑flamboyant), the yellow flowered Acacia… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flame tree — flame′ tree n. 1) pln either of two Australian trees, Brachychiton acerifolius or B. australis, having lobed leaves and clusters of scarlet flowers 2) pln royal poinciana • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • flame tree — n. 1. a bottletree (Brachychiton acerifolium) with maplelike leaves and brilliant scarlet flowers 2. any of various trees with brilliant red flowers …   English World dictionary

  • flame tree — noun 1. tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery • Syn: ↑huisache, ↑cassie, ↑mimosa bush, ↑sweet wattle, ↑sweet acacia, ↑scented wattle, ↑Acacia farnesiana …   Useful english dictionary

  • flame tree — /ˈfleɪm tri/ (say flaym tree) noun an ornamental tree, Brachychiton acerifolius, of Australia, with scarlet, bell shaped flowers. Also, Illawarra flame tree …   Australian English dictionary

  • flame tree — noun /fleɪm tɹiː/ Any one of several trees or shrubs with yellow or bright red flowers. The people had stared in awe at the magnificently colored flame tree …   Wiktionary

  • flame tree — noun Date: 1860 any of several trees or shrubs with showy scarlet or yellow flowers: as a. a tree (Brachychiton acerifolium of the family Sterculiaceae) of southern Australia with panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers b. royal poinciana …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flame tree — noun a tree with brilliant red flowers. [Brachychiton acerifolius (Australia) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • flame tree — 1. either of two trees, Brachychiton acerifolius or B. australis, native to Australia, having clusters of bright scarlet flowers. 2. See royal poinciana. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

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