bois d'arc

bois d'arc

[boh dahrk]
noun, plural bois d'arcs, bois d'arc. Louisiana French.
Osage orange ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism; < Louisiana French: literally, bow wood

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bois d'arc

(Maclura pomifera), thorny tree with large, yellow-green, wrinkled fruit and a milky sap that can produce dermatitis in humans. It is the only species of its genus in the mulberry family (Moraceae). It is native to the south-central United States but has been planted extensively farther north in the Mississippi River valley and at points east of there.

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