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staff treeor staff vine
[From the early modern misidentification of bittersweet (Celastrus) as the tree called kēlastros in Greek (actually the holly Ilex aquifolium), said by Theophrastus to have wood useful only for making staves for the elderly .]
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|Noun||1.||staff tree - any small tree or twining shrub of the genus Celastrus|
Celastrus, genus Celastrus - genus of woody vines and erect shrubs (type genus of the Celastraceae) that is native chiefly to Asia and Australia: includes bittersweet