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 The couple already had a son of their own living at their ranch-style house in a working class part of La Puente, with a papaya tree out front and a rubber tree in the back. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 Latex Once sourced from a species of rubber tree, most latex-containing items, including pillows, use synthetic styrene-butadiene. Brianna Kamienski, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Plus, it’s made from renewable rubber tree wood, and for every tree used to build this toy, another one is planted. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 Name: Hoya carnosa Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 55-75°F; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings Size: 4-12 feet tall, 2-6 feet wide 12 of 23 Rubber Tree A classic houseplant, the rubber tree gets its name from the sticky, milky sap it exudes from cuts. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2023 Natural latex is made from rubber tree sap while synthetic latex is a type of manufactured rubber with similar properties. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 Native to Asian countries like India and Indonesia, Ficus elastica is known as the rubber plant, rubber tree, rubber fig, and rubber bush, along with other names. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 4 Dec. 2023 Like rubber trees, poinsettias exude a natural latex sap — a milky fluid that can seep out when parts of the plant are torn or broken. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Natural latex is sustainable, made from the sap of rubber trees. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubber tree was in 1847

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“Rubber tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rubber tree

: a tree that produces rubber
especially : a South American tree that is often grown on plantations as a commercial source of rubber

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