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rubber tree

any tree that yields latex from which rubber is produced, especially Hevea brasiliensis, of the spurge family, native to South America, the chief commercial source of rubber.
Origin of rubber tree
1840-50 Unabridged
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  • Thus far we had not seen a rubber-tree, vanilla-vine, coffee-tree, or anything else that we would accept as a gift.

    A Journey in Southeastern Mexico Henry Howard Harper
  • It also includes the most useful teak as well as the rubber-tree and the cinchona.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Here are leaves shooting out like rafts, thick, like the leaves of a rubber-tree, but larger and of a deep red.

    Lord Dolphin Harriet A. Cheever
  • Le Brunnec was convinced that the eva, which we had found in considerable numbers, was a rubber-tree.

British Dictionary definitions for rubber-tree

rubber tree

a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hevea brasiliensis, cultivated throughout the tropics, esp in Malaya, for the latex of its stem, which is the major source of commercial rubber See also Pará rubber
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