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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Jade mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource. Mary Billard, Los Angeles Times, "Is your yoga mat bad for the environment?," 19 July 2019 The best plant for this style is a large-scale rubber tree plant in a large handmade pot. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019 Although the rubber tree is carefully cut and tapped, the guayule is chopped to the ground and its branches mashed up to extract the latex. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "A new rubber source could save water, preserve rain forests and even prevent allergic reactions," 12 June 2019 Set amid rows of banana and rubber trees near the little town of Kuravilangad, the sisters at the St. Francis Mission Home spend their days in prayer or caring for the aged. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Photo: Stefan Sauer/DPA/ZUMA PRESS A similar white, sticky latex that can be drawn from the trunks of rubber trees in Southeast Asia can be found in the roots of rubber dandelions. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Dandelions Ruin Your Front Yard but Could Be the Future of the Rubber Industry," 2 Oct. 2018 The area offers a pleasant walk among rubber trees and palm trees; friendly street cats and beautiful tropical birds; and stands where vendors display rustic goods and local crafts. Alex Vros, Fox News, "Puerto Vallarta: How this popular Hollywood haunt became a world-class getaway," 19 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of rubber tree

1847, in the meaning defined above

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