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fever tree Syllabification: fe·ver tree

Definition of fever tree in English:


Any of a number of trees that are believed either to cause or to cure fever, in particular.
  • A North American tree used in the treatment of malaria during the Civil War (Pinckneya pubens, family Rubiaceae).A southern African tree that was formerly believed to cause malaria (Acacia xanthophloea, family Leguminosae).
Example sentences
  • The ‘fever tree’ was thought to cure malaria.
  • Very soon, however, there could be no more Acacia erioloba, no Acacia karroo, no Acacia xanthophloea - otherwise known as camel thorn, sweet thorn and the green-trunked fever tree.
  • But their word for bark - the Peruvian is kina - was rendered in Spanish as quina, which came to be associated with the ‘fever tree’.

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