Gingerbread tree
Gingerbread Gin"ger*bread`, n. A kind of plain sweet cake seasoned with ginger, and sometimes made in fanciful shapes. ``Gingerbread that was full fine.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Gingerbread tree} (Bot.), the doom palm; -- so called from the resemblance of its fruit to gingerbread. See {Doom Palm}.

{Gingerbread work}, ornamentation, in architecture or decoration, of a fantastic, trivial, or tawdry character. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gingerbread tree — or gingerbread palm, = doum palm. (Cf. ↑doum palm) …   Useful english dictionary

  • gingerbread tree — /ˈdʒɪndʒəbrɛd tri/ (say jinjuhbred tree) noun a tree, Parinari macrophyllum, of western Africa, with a large, edible, farinaceous fruit (gingerbread plum) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Gingerbread — Gin ger*bread , n. A kind of plain sweet cake seasoned with ginger, and sometimes made in fanciful shapes. Gingerbread that was full fine. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] {Gingerbread tree} (Bot.), the doom palm; so called from the resemblance of its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gingerbread work — Gingerbread Gin ger*bread , n. A kind of plain sweet cake seasoned with ginger, and sometimes made in fanciful shapes. Gingerbread that was full fine. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] {Gingerbread tree} (Bot.), the doom palm; so called from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gingerbread palm — or gingerbread tree n. DOUM * * * …   Universalium

  • gingerbread palm — or gingerbread tree n. DOUM …   English World dictionary

  • gingerbread palm — noun Etymology: so called from the flavor of the fruit : doom palm * * * gingerbread tree or gingerbread palm, = doum palm. (Cf. ↑doum palm) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gingerbread plum — Plum Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gingerbread plum — noun 1. : a West African tree (Parinarium macrophyllum) that has a strong light brown wood and edible fruit 2. : the fruit of the gingerbread plum having a soft mealy edible pulp, a kernel rich in oil, and a cottony protective layer around the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gingerbread plum — a tree, Neocarya macrophylla, of western Africa, bearing a large, edible, starchy fruit. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

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