One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as plural Small domestic wooden objects, especially antiques.
Wooden.‘a treen snuffbox’
made of wood, wood, timber, woodyView synonyms
- ‘They were made from c. 1660 but were probably intended for punch or wassail like their treen counterparts.’
- ‘A particularly popular example would be the antique bodkin treen case, which is extremely well sought after by treen collectors.’
Old English trēowen ‘wooden’ (see tree, -en).
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