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Meaning of false buckthorn

false' buck'thorn

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a spiny shrub or small tree, Bumelia lanuginosa, of the sapodilla family, native to the southern U.S., having gummy, milky sap and white, bell-shaped flowers and yielding a hard, light-brown wood.
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