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tree (triː)
1.  any large woody perennial plant with a distinct trunk giving rise to branches or leaves at some distance from the groundRelated: arboreal
2.  any plant that resembles this but has a trunk not made of wood, such as a palm tree
3.  a wooden post, bar, etc
4.  family tree shoetree See saddletree
5.  chem a treelike crystal growth; dendrite
6.  a.  a branching diagrammatic representation of something, such as the grammatical structure of a sentence
 b.  (as modifier): a tree diagram
7.  an archaic word for gallows
8.  archaic the cross on which Christ was crucified
9.  at the top of the tree in the highest position of a profession, etc
10.  informal (US), (Canadian) up a tree in a difficult situation; trapped or stumped
vb , trees, treeing, treed
11.  to drive or force up a tree
12.  to shape or stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
Related: arboreal
[Old English trēo; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse trē, Old Saxon trio, Gothic triu, Greek doru wood, drus tree]

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