Kentucky coffee tree

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Kentucky coffee tree

n.
A deciduous North American tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) in the pea family, having large compound leaves and long flat pods containing seeds that were formerly roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

Kentucky coffee tree

n
(Plants) a North American leguminous tree, Gymnocladus dioica, whose seeds, in brown curved pulpy pods, were formerly used as a coffee substitute

Kentuck′y cof′fee tree`


n.
a tall tree of E North America, Gymnocladus dioica, of the legume family, having brown pods with seeds formerly used as a substitute for coffee.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.Kentucky coffee tree - handsome tree of central and eastern North America having large bipinnate leaves and green-white flowers followed by large woody brown pods whose seeds are used as a coffee substituteKentucky coffee tree - handsome tree of central and eastern North America having large bipinnate leaves and green-white flowers followed by large woody brown pods whose seeds are used as a coffee substitute
genus Gymnocladus, Gymnocladus - small genus of deciduous trees of China and United States having paniculate flowers and thick pulpy pods
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms