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talipot Tweet Definition of talipot Like Definition of talipot on Facebook
noun
  1. A tall palm tree, Corypha umbraculifera, from Sri Lanka and southern India, having very large leaves and flowers
tamarind Tweet Definition of tamarind Like Definition of tamarind on Facebook
noun
  1. A tropical tree, Tamarindus indica.
  2. The fruit of this tree; the pulp is used as spice in Asian cooking and in Worcestershire sauce.
tamarisk Tweet Definition of tamarisk Like Definition of tamarisk on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several shrubs, of the genus Tamarix, native to the Mediterranean. Introduced into the United States as an ornamental plant, it is now a weed.
tangerine Tweet Definition of tangerine Like Definition of tangerine on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several varieties of mandarin oranges.
  2. (colour) A deep yellowish-orange colour, like that of a tangerine fruit.
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    1. A tree that produces tangerines.
    2. A native or inhabitant of Tangier.
adjective
  1. (colour) of a deep yellowish-orange colour.
tansy Tweet Definition of tansy Like Definition of tansy on Facebook
noun (tansies)
  1. a plant with yellow flowers (of the genus Tanacetum)
tare Tweet Definition of tare Like Definition of tare on Facebook
noun
  1. (rare) A vetch, or the seed of a vetch.
  2. (rare) A damaging weed growing in fields of grain (with reference to Matthew 13:25: "But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." The King James Version (Authorized))
  • 1985, I saw as I thought an uncle and guardian who has led a sober, industrious and Christian life and finds himself obliged to look on the tares of folly in his own close kin. " John Fowles, A Maggot
verb (tar, ing)
  1. To allow for the tare; to set a counter or meter to a valid zero (usually weight) value, discounting the weight of the empty container.
taro Tweet Definition of taro Like Definition of taro on Facebook
noun
  1. A tropical plant raised as a food primarily for its corm that distantly resembles potato.
  2. The edible portion of the taro plant.
tarragon Tweet Definition of tarragon Like Definition of tarragon on Facebook
noun
  1. A perennial herb, Artemisia dracunculus, from Europe and parts of Asia.
  2. The leaves of this plant (either fresh, or preserved in vinegar) used as a seasoning.
TEA Tweet Definition of TEA Like Definition of TEA on Facebook
initialism
  1. (N.Ireland) Training and employment agency
teak Tweet Definition of teak Like Definition of teak on Facebook
noun
  1. an extremely durable timber highly valued for shipbuilding and other purposes, yielded by Tectona grandis (and Tectona spp.).
  2. a tree of the species in the genus Tectona
  3. (colour) a yellowish brown colour, like that of teak wood.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a yellowish brown colour, like that of teak wood.
teasel Tweet Definition of teasel Like Definition of teasel on Facebook
noun
  1. A plant, of the genus Dipsacus, of which one species (Dipsacus fullonum, D. fullonum) bears a large flower head covered with stiff, prickly, hooked bracts.
  2. The dried flower head, used for teasing cloth
verbto tease
  1. To raise the nap on cloth; to tease
thistle Tweet Definition of thistle Like Definition of thistle on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several perennial composite plants, of genera Cirsium, Carduus or Onopordum, having prickly leaves and showy flower heads with prickly bracts.
  2. The national emblem of Scotland.
thorn Tweet Definition of thorn Like Definition of thorn on Facebook
noun
  1. A sharp protective spine of a plant.
  2. A letter of the Latin alphabet (capital: ž, small: ), borrowed by Old English from the futhark to represent a dental fricative, then not distinguished from eth, but in modern use (in Icelandic and other languages, but no longer in English) used only for the voiceless dental fricative found in English thigh
    • See also Etymology of ye (definite article).
thrift Tweet Definition of thrift Like Definition of thrift on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).
To save money, they would shop at a store.
  1. (countable) A bank.
  2. (countable) Any of various plants of the genus Armeria, particularly Armeria maritima.
thyme Tweet Definition of thyme Like Definition of thyme on Facebook
noun
  1. Any plant of the labiate genus Thymus, such as the garden thyme, Thymus vulgaris, a warm, pungent aromatic, that is much used to give a relish to seasoning and soups.
tiger lily Tweet Definition of tiger lily Like Definition of tiger lily on Facebook
noun (tiger lilies)
  1. A bulbous flowering plant, Lilium lancifolium, with a large spectacular flower and a edible bulb.
Timothy Tweet Definition of Timothy Like Definition of Timothy on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Timothy)
  1. (biblical) Books in the New Testament of the Bible (1 Timothy and 2 Timothy), epistles to Timothy.
  2. (biblical character) A companion of Paul.
  3. (given name, male) of biblical origin, also borne by early Christian saints.
titi Tweet Definition of titi Like Definition of titi on Facebook
noun
  1. The New World monkeys, of the genus Callicebus, native to South America, distinguished by their long soft fur
toadflax Tweet Definition of toadflax Like Definition of toadflax on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several European plants, of the genus Linaria, having two-lipped yellow flowers
  2. any of several other plants in the family Plantaginaceae
tobacco Tweet Definition of tobacco Like Definition of tobacco on Facebook
noun (pl1=tobaccos, pl2=tobaccoes)
  1. any plant of the genus Nicotiana
  2. leaves of certain varieties of the plant cultivated and harvested to make cigarettes, cigars, snuff, for smoking in pipes or for chewing.
  3. (countable) a variety of tobacco
Tobaccos from the Connecticut Valley were used for wrapping cigars.
Toon Tweet Definition of Toon Like Definition of Toon on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Geordie) The City of Newcastle upon Tyne.
trumpet Tweet Definition of trumpet Like Definition of trumpet on Facebook
noun
  1. A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat.
The royal herald sounded a to announce their arrival.
  1. In an orchestra or other musical group, a musician that plays the trumpet.
The trumpets were assigned to stand at the rear of the orchestra pit.
  1. The cry of an elephant.
The large bull gave a basso as he charged the hunters.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To sound loudly, be amplified
The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears.
  1. (intransitive) To play the trumpet.
Cedric made a living trumpeting for the change of passersby in the subway.
  1. (intransitive) Of an elephant, to make its cry.
''The circus trainer cracked the whip, signaling the elephant to .
  1. (transitive) To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically
Andy trumpeted Jane's secret across the school, much to her embarrassment.
Bill has trumpeted the cause of debt relief for Africa far and wide.
trumpets Tweet Definition of trumpets Like Definition of trumpets on Facebook
noun
  1. (plural of, trumpet)
tulip Tweet Definition of tulip Like Definition of tulip on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of flowering plant, genus Tulipa.
  2. The flower of this plant.
tuna Tweet Definition of tuna Like Definition of tuna on Facebook
noun (plural tuna or tunas)
  1. any of several species of fish, of the genus Thunnus, in the family Scombridae.
  2. the edible flesh of the tuna
  3. a type of cactus native to Mexico
  4. the fruit of the cactus
tupelo Tweet Definition of tupelo Like Definition of tupelo on Facebook
noun
  1. A North American tree (Nyssa multiflora) of the Dogwood family, having brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries.
turmeric Tweet Definition of turmeric Like Definition of turmeric on Facebook
noun (frequently pronounced and misspelled as tumeric)
  1. Indian herb (taxonomic name: Curcuma longa) with aromatic rhizome, part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
  2. pulverized rhizome of the turmeric plant, used for stimulation, flavoring and to add a bright yellow color to food.
  3. yellow to reddish-brown dye.
turnip Tweet Definition of turnip Like Definition of turnip on Facebook
noun
  1. The white root of a yellow-flowered plant, Brassica rapa, grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle.
  2. (Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Atlantic Canada) The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus.

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