sandbox tree


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sandbox tree

n.
A tropical American tree (Hura crepitans) having an irritating milky juice, a spiny trunk, and large woody seed capsules that split explosively when ripe.

[So called because the capsules were formerly used to hold sand for drying ink.]

sandbox tree

n
(Plants) a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hura crepitans, having small woody seed capsules, which explode when ripe to scatter the seeds: formerly used to hold sand for blotting ink
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Enjoy a huge breakfast on the dining room verandah, which has probably one of the most breathtaking views in the Caribbean, down a valley of palm, banana and sandbox trees and across the turquoise sea to Montserrat and Antigua.