Osage orange


: an ornamental usually thorny U.S. tree (Maclura pomifera) of the mulberry family with shiny ovate leaves and hard bright orange wood
also : its yellowish-green globose fruit

Examples of Osage orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, a bulldozer cleared ground for new homes not far from a Osage orange tree, a stately hardwood where Hurd once crashed his bicycle as a boy. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 3 May 2023 Pity the poor Osage orange tree. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Osage orange was in 1817

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“Osage orange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Osage%20orange. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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