Hop tree

hoptree

[hop-tree]
noun
any of several North American shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Ptelea, of the citrus family, especially P. trifoliata, having trifoliate leaves and roundish, waferlike fruit.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; hop2 + tree

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hop tree

(species Ptelea trifoliata), tree, of the rue family (Rutaceae), native to eastern North America. It has small, greenish white flowers; strong-smelling leaves in groups of three leaflets; and buff-coloured, wafer-shaped, winged fruits. The hop tree is cultivated as an ornamental.

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