Definition of head tree in English:

head tree

noun

  • 1Mining and Building. Originally: a horizontal supporting beam placed on top of one or more vertical props or posts. In later use also: a horizontal beam on two or more uprights.

  • 2With reference to certain tribal societies: a tall or prominent tree on which heads of decapitated enemies are hung as trophies.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From head + tree.

Pronunciation

head tree

/ˈhɛd ˌtriː/