rubber tree

noun

Definition of rubber tree

: a tree that yields rubber especially : a South American tree (Hevea brasiliensis) of the spurge family that is cultivated in plantations and is a chief source of rubber

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Recent Examples on the Web Rubber Hot and dry weather is threatening many of Thailand’s rubber trees. Randy Thanthong-knight, Bloomberg.com, "Thai Agriculture Reels From Drought in Blow to Ailing Economy," 5 May 2020 Put on your gardening gloves (this is especially important with plants that have sap, as some—like the kind from a rubber tree—can irritate your skin), and cut the plant's stem below the node. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "How to Propagate a Plant From Cuttings in 5 Easy Steps," 17 Feb. 2020 The customary equipment for the game was a hard rubber ball, and Castilla elastica rubber trees grow in the lowland coastal regions. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "3,400-year-old Mesoamerican ball court sheds light on origins of the game," 25 Mar. 2020 Johnson visited the settlement to see for himself the rubber tree that put Malaysia on the map. Fox News, "Five cities or villages outside United States named after an American president," 6 Feb. 2020 The Amazon, relied on for centuries for rubber trees, minerals and fertile land, was the obvious place to go. New York Times, "‘The Amazon Is Completely Lawless’: The Rainforest After Bolsonaro’s First Year," 5 Dec. 2019 Veja also released its first running shoe last month, using wild rubber consciously to increase the demand for wild rubber trees as well as to provide an income for rubber tappers. Laura Pitcher, Teen Vogue, "How Fashion Brands Like H&M and Veja Are Helping to Stop the Amazon Fires," 18 Oct. 2019 In the Indian state of Meghalaya, one of the wettest places on Earth, villagers weave the roots of living rubber trees into sturdy pedestrian bridges. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In one of Earth’s wettest spots, footbridges grow from trees," 29 Oct. 2019 And so her dining room is ornamented with trailing pothos, ZZ plants and a pink rubber tree. Elizabeth G. Dunn, New York Times, "Momofuku’s Secret Sauce: A 30-Year-Old C.E.O.," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rubber tree

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Rubber tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubber%20tree. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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