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cucumber tree

any of several American magnolias, especially Magnolia acuminata, having ovate leaves, yellowish-green bell-shaped flowers, and dark red, conelike fruit.
any of certain other trees, as an East Indian tree of the genus Averrhoa.
Origin of cucumber tree
1775-85, Americanism; so called from the resemblance of its fruit to cucumbers Unabridged
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  • To "sell one's lentils well" and to "climb the cucumber-tree" mean to get on in the world and make one's fortune quickly.

British Dictionary definitions for cucumber-tree

cucumber tree

any of several American trees or shrubs of the genus Magnolia, esp M. acuminata, of E and central North America, having cup-shaped greenish flowers and cucumber-shaped fruits
an E Asian tree, Averrhoa bilimbi, with edible fruits resembling small cucumbers: family Averrhoaceae See also carambola
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