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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 of Osage orange
1810-1820
1810-20
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  • The smallest of the children had tumbled head first into the osage-orange hedge, and could not get out.

  • He walked on to the far corner of the osage-orange thicket, and stood there in the deepest part of the shadow.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • Each had fed the leaves of the osage-orange exclusively for the last two years, and with the best results.

  • Silkworms will eat the leaves of osage-orange, but they seem to prefer mulberry leaves.

  • Have a double row of locusts and osage-orange hedge all around the orchard, and consider windbreaks a necessity.

    The Apple Various
  • I believe in windbreaks; I do not know what would be best; mine is protected by natural forest-trees and osage-orange hedge.

    The Apple Various
  • Almost dropping with fatigue, Rachel made her way to a pile of cracker-boxes by an osage-orange hedge, on a knoll, and sat down.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
British Dictionary definitions for osage-orange

Osage orange

noun
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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