Osage orange

Osage orange

noun
1.
Also called bois d'arc, bowwood. a tree, Maclura pomifera, of the mulberry family, native to the south-central U.S., having hard, yellowish wood and often cultivated for hedges.
2.
the round, rough-skinned, inedible fruit of this tree.

Origin:
1810–20

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Osage orange
 
n
1.  a North American moraceous tree, Maclura pomifera, grown for hedges and ornament
2.  the warty orange-like fruit of this plant

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osage orange

(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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