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Any of a number of trees which are believed to either cause or cure fever, in particular.
- ‘The ‘fever tree’ was thought to cure malaria.’
- ‘Bobbejaan was up the bank and into the topmost branches of the fever tree quick as you like!’
- ‘But their word for bark - the Peruvian is kina - was rendered in Spanish as quina, which came to be associated with the ‘fever tree’.’
- ‘‘You must go down to the great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees, to find out what the crocodile has for lunch’, the Kolokolo bird tells the Elephant's Child.’
- ‘I well remember sitting in my classroom, staring out of the window at murrum dust swirling around a dump of fever trees while the boys completed an exercise on the Armada, and thinking, ‘What on earth am I doing?’’
- ‘As the thick blue-grey clouds loomed, we left the surreal Dr Zeus-like ridgetops and drove down the thorn veldt past the lime green fever trees and into the Nsumu lake and wetland.’
- ‘The great grey-green greasy Grumeti river, all set about with fever trees, runs through the heart of the Serengeti.’
- ‘Very soon, however, there could be no more Acacia erioloba, no Acacia karroo, no Acacia xanthophloea - otherwise known as camel thorn, sweet thorn and the green-trunked fever tree.’
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