cabbage tree definition

  • noun:
    • a name directed at palms having a terminal bud labeled as a cabbage, once the Sabal Palmetto of this united states of america, as well as the Euterpe oleracea and Oreodoxa oleracea of this western Indies.
    • A name given to many types of palms the tender growing leaf-buds of which are used as a vegetable.
    • A name directed at species of Andira, leguminous woods of tropical The united states, bearing racemes of purple plants and roundish, difficult, one-seeded pods, and producing the anthelmintic cabbage-tree bark of pharmacists.
    • In New Zealand, an arborescent liliaceous plant, Cordyline indivisa.
    • elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal groups of long thin leaves and enormous panicles of fragrant white, yellowish or purple flowers; New Zealand
    • Australian hand with leaf buds being delicious when younger
    • tree with shaggy unpleasant-smelling harmful bark and yielding strong durable wood; bark and seeds utilized as a purgative and vermifuge and narcotic

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