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1. The general name of the largest of the vegetable kind, consisting of a firm woody stem springing from woody roots, and spreading above into branches which terminate in leaves. A tree differs from a shrub principally in size, many species of trees growing to the highth of fifty or sixty feet, and some species to seventy or eighty, and a few, particularly the pine, to a much greater highth.
TREEs are of various kinds; as nuciferous, or nut-bearing trees; bacciferous, or berry-bearing; coniferous, or cone-bearing, etc. Some are forest-trees, and useful for timber or fuel; others are fruit trees, and cultivated in gardens and orchards; others are used chiefly for shade and ornament.
2. Something resembling a tree consisting of a stem or stalk and branches; as a genealogical tree
3. In ship-building, pieces of timber are called chess-trees, cross-trees, roof-trees, tressel-trees, etc.
4. In Scripture, a cross.
--Jesus, whom they slew and hanged on a tree Acts 10:39.
TREE'-FROG, noun [tree and frog.] A species of frog, the Rana arborea, found on trees and shrubs; called by the older writers, Ranunculus viridis.
Stood also in the midst of the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9; 3:22). Some writers have advanced the opinion that this tree had some secret virtue, which was fitted to preserve life. Probably the lesson conveyed was that life was to be sought by man, not in himself or in his own power, but from without, from Him who is emphatically the Life (John 1:4; 14:6). Wisdom is compared to the tree of life (Proverbs 3:18). The "tree of life" spoken of in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14) is an emblem of the joys of the celestial paradise.
Stood in the midst of the garden of Eden, beside the tree of life (Genesis 2, 3). Adam and Eve were forbidden to take of the fruit which grew upon it. But they disobeyed the divine injunction, and so sin and death by sin entered our world and became the heritage of Adam's posterity. (See ADAM.)
TREE-GERMANDER, noun A plant of the genus Teucrium.
TREE'-LOUSE, noun [tree and louse.] An insect of the genus Aphis.
TREE'-MOSS, noun A species of lichen.
TREEN, adjective Wooden; made of wood.
TREEN, noun The old plural of tree.
TREE'-NAIL, noun [tree and nail; commonly pronounced trunnel.]
A long wooden pin, used in fastening the planks of a ship to the timbers.
TREE-OF-LIFE, noun An evergreen tree of the genus Thuja.
TREE'-TOAD, noun [tree and toad.] A small species of toad in noun America, found on trees. This animal croaks chiefly in the evening and after a rain.