rubber tree


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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Examples of rubber tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With thick, dark-green leaves, the rubber tree can grow into a tall, beautiful statement piece. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The problem is caused by a lack of new rubber tree planting during 2020, and poor weather and tree-health conditions that are affecting current plantations in Southeast Asia. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 8 May 2021 Hermès recently released a bag made from reishi fine mycelium while Allbirds has announced plans to develop a new shoe using ‘leather’ derived from rubber tree sap. Anna Haines, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Latex foam is made from rubber tree sap, while memory foam is a type of polyurethane plastic. Lauren Corona,, 10 Mar. 2021 But a weeping ficus, or ficus benjamina, is not the same plant as ficus elastica, which is the rubber tree. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 10 Mar. 2021 For the experiment, the researchers created silicone replicas of leaves from a rubber tree at various stages of development. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, 26 Jan. 2021 Dead leaves on woody tropical plants, such as hibiscus, angel trumpet, croton, ixora, schefflera, copper plant and rubber tree, can be picked off to make things look neater. Dan Gill,, 22 Dec. 2020 Rubber Hot and dry weather is threatening many of Thailand’s rubber trees. Randy Thanthong-knight,, 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of rubber tree

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubber tree was in 1847

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21 Oct 2021

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“Rubber tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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