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osage orange


Noun Phrase
O=sage or=ange


osage orange,  
     An ornamental tree of the genus Maclura (Maclura aurantiaca), closely allied to the mulberry (Morus); also, its fruit. The tree was first found in the country of the Osage Indians, and bears a hard and inedible fruit of an orangelike appearance. See Bois d'arc.  [1913 Webster]


osage orange, n.
1 a hardy thorny tree, Maclura pomifera, of the US, bearing inedible wrinkled orange-like fruit.
2 the durable orange-coloured timber from this.

name of a N. American Indian tribe

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