cabbage tree

noun

Definition of cabbage tree

1 : any of several palms having an edible terminal bud:
a : an Australian palm of the genus Livistona (especially L. australis)
b New Zealand : ti sense 1
2 : any of certain trees resembling in some respect a cabbage palm: such as
b : any of several African araliaceous trees (genus Cussonia) with soft spongy wood and sparse angular branches that terminate in tufted foliage or in a spikelike inflorescence

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First Known Use of cabbage tree

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cabbage tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cabbage%20tree. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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