carrotwood

noun
car·​rot·​wood | \ ˈker-ət-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce carrotwood (audio) , ˈka-rət- \
plural carrotwoods

Definition of carrotwood

: an evergreen Australian tree (Cupaniopsis anacardioides of the family Sapindaceae) having large compound leaves, white to greenish-yellow flowers in axillary racemes, and a fruit that is a woody 3-lobed capsule becoming yellowish-orange when ripe Carrotwood has become a problem in South Florida because of excess seedling production and is considered a pest tree. — Robert Haehle, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), 22 Sept. 2006 In Southern California, carrotwood grows rapidly to a height and girth of 30 feet in a variety of soil types and endures both drought and overwatering without complaint.— Josh Siskin, Daily News of Los Angeles, 6 Sept. 2008

called also (Australia) tuckeroo

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First Known Use of carrotwood

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carrotwood

so called from the color of the fruit

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“Carrotwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrotwood. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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