bully tree

bul·​ly tree | \ ˈbu̇lē- \
variants: or bullet tree \ -​lə̇t-​ \

Definition of bully tree

: any of several hard-wooded tropical American trees of the family Sapotaceae especially : a large tree (Manilkara bidentata) of the West Indies and northern South America that yields balata gum and a heavy red timber

called also balata, beefwood

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History and Etymology for bully tree

by folk etymology from American Spanish balata

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“Bully tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bully%20tree. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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