Saint Thomas tree

noun Saint Thom·as tree \-ˈtäməs-\

Definition of Saint Thomas tree

  1. :  a tropical Asiatic and African shrub (Bauhinia tomentosa) with tomentose to glabrate branchlets, lower leaf surfaces, and pods and yellow flowers with a red or brownish blotch that is grown as an ornamental and found as an escape in the West Indies

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Origin and Etymology of saint thomas tree

after St. Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples; from the tradition that the red spots on the flowers were caused by drops of Thomas' blood falling on such a shrub when he was martyred in India


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