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silk tree

a tree, Albizia julibrissin, of the legume family, native to Asia, having pinnate leaves and plumelike pink flowers and widely cultivated as an ornamental.
Also called mimosa.
Origin of silk tree
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Dahomans worshiped snakes, a silk tree, a poison tree and a kind of ocean god whom they called Hu.

    Negro Folk Rhymes Thomas W. Talley

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