flame tree

noun

Definition of flame tree 

: 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

b : royal poinciana

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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, "An Exclusive Tour of a French Iconoclast’s Moroccan Getaway," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of flame tree

1860, in the meaning defined above

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