silk tree
noun Date: circa 1852 a leguminous Asian tree (Albizia julibrissin) naturalized especially in the southeastern United States and having pink flowers with long silky stamens — called also mimosa

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  • Silk tree — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silk tree — silk′ tree n. bot (boi pln) a tree, Albizia julibrissin, of the legume family, native to Asia, having pinnate leaves and plumelike pink flowers: widely cultivated as an ornamental Also called mimosa • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • silk tree — noun attractive domed or flat topped Asiatic tree having bipinnate leaves and flowers with long silky stamens • Syn: ↑Albizia julibrissin, ↑Albizzia julibrissin • Hypernyms: ↑albizzia, ↑albizia * * * noun : an Asiatic tree ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • silk tree — a tree, Albizia julibrissin, of the legume family, native to Asia, having pinnate leaves and plumelike pink flowers and widely cultivated as an ornamental. Also called mimosa. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • floss-silk tree — noun : a thorny deciduous tree (Chorisia speciosa) of the family Bombacaceae that is native to Brazil and Argentina but often cultivated in warm regions for its large solitary pink flowers which appear while the tree is leafless and that is the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • floss-silk tree —       thorny flowering tree of the mallow family ( Malvaceae), native to South America but cultivated as an ornamental in other regions. It grows to a height of about 15 metres (50 feet). The large pink flowers yield a vegetable silk used in… …   Universalium

  • Silk-cotton tree — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk — Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk cotton — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Silk flower — Silk Silk, n. [OE. silk, selk, AS. seolc, seoloc; akin to Icel. silki, SW. & Dan. silke; prob. through Slavic from an Oriental source; cf. Lith. szilkai, Russ. shelk , and also L. sericum Seric stuff, silk. Cf. {Sericeous}. {Serge} a woolen stuff …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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