lead tree

noun

ˈled-
1
: lead crystallized in arborescent forms from a solution of some lead salt (as by suspending a strip of zinc in lead acetate)
2
: a plant of the genus Leucaena
especially : a low scrubby tree (Leucaena glauca) probably native to tropical America but now pantropical in distribution and often cultivated as a ground cover, for windrows or hedging, and as forage for cattle and sheep though reputedly toxic to horses and swine

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“Lead tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20tree. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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