Sandbox-tree meaning

A tropical American tree (Hura crepitans) having an irritating milky juice, a spiny trunk, and large woody seed capsules that split explosively when ripe.
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A tropical American tree (Hura crepitans) of the spurge family, with small, woody fruit that bursts with a loud noise when ripe and scatters its seeds.
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Origin of sandbox-tree

  • So called because the capsules were formerly used to hold sand for drying ink

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition