1. The general name of the largest of the vegetable kind, consisting of a firm woody stem springing from woody roots, and spreading above into branches which terminate in leaves. A tree differs from a shrub principally in size, many species of trees growing to the highth of fifty or sixty feet, and some species to seventy or eighty, and a few, particularly the pine, to a much greater highth.
TREEs are of various kinds; as nuciferous, or nut-bearing trees; bacciferous, or berry-bearing; coniferous, or cone-bearing, etc. Some are forest-trees, and useful for timber or fuel; others are fruit trees, and cultivated in gardens and orchards; others are used chiefly for shade and ornament.
2. Something resembling a tree consisting of a stem or stalk and branches; as a genealogical tree
3. In ship-building, pieces of timber are called chess-trees, cross-trees, roof-trees, tressel-trees, etc.
4. In Scripture, a cross.
--Jesus, whom they slew and hanged on a tree Acts 10:39.
TREE'-FROG, noun [tree and frog.] A species of frog, the Rana arborea, found on trees and shrubs; called by the older writers, Ranunculus viridis.