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may tree

noun, British.
the hawthorn. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • When he got too excited, she scrambled up a may-tree, and sat licking herself in placid triumph, while the terriers barked below.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The may-tree was nearly at the end of the garden, down by the shrubbery.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The wagon stood under a may-tree, and the flowers were dropping on the grass like snow.

    The Gypsy's Parson George Hall
  • Then the riders race to the may-tree, which has been set up a little way off.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • I know quite a lot about America from a grey squirrel who rents my may-tree on Mitten Island.

    Living Alone Stella Benson
  • Here and there in the wide sweep of tall growing things stood a tree—a may-tree shining like silver, a laburnum like fine gold.

  • In many an old German village there stood a tree, often a may-tree, which the villagers guarded as the apple of their eye.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • The may-tree of the German village, for instance, is a permanent construction, made up of several tall trunks.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • Jessie and I had betaken ourselves with our books to a corner we much affected, where there was a bench under a may-tree.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She was seated on a green garden-bench which surrounded the great may-tree in that large, warm, well-furnished garden.

    The Rector Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for may-tree

may tree

a Brit name for hawthorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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