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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Get our daily newsletter The journey from her home village of Chempanoda by bus was slow but beautiful, across fresh-flowing rivers, through groves of areca-nut and rubber trees and past wooded hills. The Economist, "Lina Puthussery died of the Nipah virus on May 21st," 31 May 2018 Russian dandelions and rubber trees like richer land good for food crops, while guayule can survive on 8 inches of annual rain falling on meager soil, Niaura said. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, "Bridgestone hopes to harvest desert shrub for rubber tires in cars, trucks," 21 Feb. 2018 Window views show a Mississippi plantation on the right and a south Vietnamese rubber tree grove to the left. Edith Newhall, Philly.com, "In Philly galleries now: Jane Irish, Anthony Campuzano, more must-see art," 19 Apr. 2018 Four rubber trees tapped regularly for a year produce the 11 pounds of natural rubber found in the typical car tire. Ted Evanoff, USA TODAY, "Bridgestone hopes to harvest desert shrub for rubber tires in cars, trucks," 21 Feb. 2018 The company operates 33,000 hectares (82,000 acres) of oil palm and rubber trees, according to its website. Bloomberg.com, "Okomu Nigeria Sees Subdued 2018 for Palm Oil on Market Woes," 14 Feb. 2018 Dead leaves on woody tropical plants, such as hibiscus, tibouchina, angel trumpet, croton, ixora, schefflera, copper plant and rubber tree, can be picked off to make things look neater. NOLA.com, "Don't prune freeze-damaged plants just yet: 5 tips for recovering your garden," 6 Jan. 2018 Advances in chemical engineering had obviated the need for natural latex, making rubber from oil rather than rubber trees. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017 Two years later, in 1959, Goodrich-Gulf published the rubber tree, as symbolic to this era as Hoffman’s tree had been in his time. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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