flame tree

noun

: any of several trees or shrubs with showy scarlet or yellow flowers: such as
a
: a tree (Brachychiton acerifolium of the family Sterculiaceae) of southern Australia with panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers

Examples of flame tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Egypt’s 19th-century rulers adorned their capital with public gardens, importing greenery that now seems inseparable from the city itself, like the flame trees that flare with bright red flowers every spring. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2023 This inexpensive kit is gentle with beginners, though, with four types of trees (including Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine and flame tree) and multiple seeds per species. Popular Science, 19 June 2020 The existing trees in the riad’s courtyard garden were magnificent: jacarandas, figs, palms, flame trees and Persian silk trees approaching the height of the upper-story bedrooms. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'flame tree.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flame tree was in 1860

Dictionary Entries Near flame tree

Cite this Entry

“Flame tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flame%20tree. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!