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

c : cabbage palmetto

2 : any of certain trees resembling in some respect a cabbage palm: such as

a : cabbage bark

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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