tree
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English trēow; akin to Old Norse trē tree, Greek drys, Sanskrit dāru wood Date: before 12th century 1. a. a woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part b. a shrub or herb of arborescent form <
rose trees
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<
a banana tree
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2. a. (1) a piece of wood (as a post or pole) usually adapted to a particular use or forming part of a structure or implement (2) archaic the cross on which Jesus was crucified b. archaic gallows 3. something in the form of or resembling a tree: as a. a diagram or graph that branches usually from a simple stem or vertex without forming loops or polygons <
a genealogical tree
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<
phylogenetic trees
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b. a much-branched system of channels especially in an animal body <
the vascular tree
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4. saddletreetreeless adjectivetreelike adjective II. transitive verb (treed; treeing) Date: 1575 1. a. to drive to or up a tree <
treed by a bull
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<
dogs treeing game
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b. to put into a position of extreme disadvantage ; corner; especially to bring to bay 2. to furnish or fit (as a shoe) with a tree

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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