staff tree
noun Date: circa 1633 any of a genus (Celastrus of the family Celastraceae, the staff-tree family) of mostly twining shrubby plants including the common bittersweet

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  • Staff tree — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • staff-tree — staffˈ tree noun Any of various American shrubs and climbing plants of the family Celastraceae (staffˈ tree family) incl bittersweet and burning bush • • • Main Entry: ↑staff …   Useful english dictionary

  • staff-tree — [staf′trē΄] n. any of a genus (Celastrus) of shrubby, usually climbing, plants of the staff tree family, growing in Asia, Australia, and North America, including bittersweet adj. designating a family (Celastraceae, order Celastrales) of widely… …   Universalium

  • staff-tree — [staf′trē΄] n. any of a genus (Celastrus) of shrubby, usually climbing, plants of the staff tree family, growing in Asia, Australia, and North America, including bittersweet adj. designating a family (Celastraceae, order Celastrales) of widely… …   English World dictionary

  • staff tree — noun any small tree or twining shrub of the genus Celastrus • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Celastrus, ↑genus Celastrus * * * noun : a tree or shrub of the genus Celastrus * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • staff-tree family — noun trees and shrubs and woody vines usually having bright colored fruits • Syn: ↑Celastraceae, ↑family Celastraceae, ↑spindle tree family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Staff — (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth. stabs element,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Staff angle — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tree worship — (dendrolatry) refers to the tendency of many societies throughout history to worship or otherwise mythologize trees. Trees have played an important role in many of the world s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred… …   Wikipedia

  • Tree of life — For other uses, see Tree of life (disambiguation). An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in the Icelandic Prose Edda by Oluf Olufsen Bagge The concept of a tree of life, a many branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on… …   Wikipedia

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