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Cabbage Tree

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Ca'bbage tree. n.s. A species of palm-tree; which see.

It is very common in the Caribee islands, where it grows to a prodigious height. The leaves of this tree envelope each other, so that those which are inclosed, being deprived of the air, are blanched; which is the part the inhabitants cut for plaits for hats, &c. and the genuine, or young shoots, are pickled, and sent into England by the name of cabbage; but whenever this part is cut out, the trees are destroyed; nor do they rise again from the old roots; so that there are very few trees left remaining near plantations, except for ornament; for their stems being exceedingly straight, and their leaves being produced very regularly at top, will afford a most beautiful prospect; for which reason, the planters generally spare two or three of them near their habitations. Miller.

Sources: Miller, Philip (58)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Cabbage Tree." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4611.


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