strangler tree

an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree
Syn: ↑strangler
Derivationally related forms: ↑strangle (for: ↑strangler)
Hypernyms: ↑air plant, ↑epiphyte, ↑aerophyte, ↑epiphytic plant
Hyponyms: ↑pitch apple, ↑strangler fig, ↑Clusia rosea, ↑Clusia major

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: a plant of the genus Clusia; especially : pitch apple

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strangler tree,
= clusia. (Cf.clusia)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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