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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: small shrubby deciduous yellowwood tree of south central United States having spines, glossy dark green leaves and an inedible fruit that resembles an orange; its hard orange-colored wood used for bows by Native Americans; frequently planted as boundary hedge [syn: osage orange, bow wood, mock orange, Maclura pomifera]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1817 an ornamental usually thorny United States tree (Maclura pomifera) of the mulberry family with shiny ovate leaves and hard bright orange wood; also its yellowish-green globose fruit

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a hardy thorny tree, Maclura pomifera, of the US, bearing inedible wrinkled orange-like fruit. 2 the durable orange-coloured timber from this. Etymology: name of a N. American Indian tribe

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Osage orange O"sage or"ange (Bot.) An ornamental tree of the genus Maclura (M. aurantiaca), closely allied to the mulberry (Morus); also, its fruit. The tree was first found in the country of the Osage Indians, and bears a hard and inedible fruit of an orangelike appearance. See Bois d'arc.



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