Definition of Osage orange in English:

Osage orange

Syllabification: O·sage or·ange

noun

  • A small spiny North American deciduous tree that bears inedible green orangelike fruit. Its durable yellowish-orange wood was formerly used by American Indians for bows and other weapons. Also called bowwood.
    • Maclura pomifera, family Moraceae
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    • Connie Barlow writes that the Osage orange tree is rare.
    • Probably one of the most common questions I hear is ‘Is it okay to make a bow from a wood other than yew or Osage orange?’
    • These extinct American herbivores once dispersed the seeds of such big-fruited plants as honey locust, Kentucky coffee tree, and Osage orange, all of which produce fruits that no native animal today regards as food.

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