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rain tree

Origin of rain tree
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A copious production of honeydew by plant lice, scale insects, etc., may be at the bottom of some of the rain-tree stories.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
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rain tree

a leguminous tree, Samanea saman, native to Central America and widely planted in the tropics for ornament. It has red-and-yellow feathery flowers and pinnate leaves whose leaflets close at the approach of rain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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