carrotwood

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noun car·rot·wood \ˈker-ət-ˌwu̇d, ˈka-rət-\

Definition of carrotwood

plural

carrotwoods

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of carrotwood

so called from the color of the fruit


First Known Use: 1883


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