One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tree that produces the latex from which rubber is manufactured, native to the Amazonian rainforest and widely cultivated elsewhere.
- ‘Also known as natural rubber latex, this milky cytosol is acquired by tapping the commercial rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis.’
- ‘In the small hours of the morning the seringueiro alights from his hammock and - after a meal of black coffee and tapioca - sets out along the pique or track that links the rubber trees.’
- ‘Coconut palms, jackfruit, mango, orange, lime, and rubber trees, as well as coffee bushes, were cultivated.’
- ‘Natural rubber latex is derived from the white, milky sap of rubber trees that are grown commercially in southeastern Asia, primarily Malaysia, and West Africa.’
- ‘This provided the impetus necessary for the commercial use of the rubber tree.’
- ‘In contrast, latex from the tropical rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis can cause allergic reactions ranging from discomforting rashes to life-threatening shock.’
- ‘They were rubber tappers, and the liquid and the sheets were latex - the sap of the rubber tree.’
- ‘In the 1950s and the 1960s, the traditional export economy was renewed by a very successful program of replanting rubber estates and smallholdings with more productive varieties of rubber trees.’
- ‘Other scholars like the economic historian PT Bauer have pointed out that before British rule, there were no rubber trees in Malaya, no cocoa trees in West Africa, nor tea in India.’
- ‘Natural latex is a milky fluid produced by the rubber tree and is used for manufacturing scores of everyday items.’
- ‘Large plantations are devoted to oil palm, rubber, sugar, and sisel for domestic use and export, though in some areas rubber trees are owned and tapped by farmers.’
- ‘You'll learn how the 23 families who live here harvest rubber trees and survive without plumbing or electricity.’
- ‘They left to find work tapping rubber trees in Indonesia, sending home what cash they could afford for Zan and his brothers, who were 12 and six.’
- ‘But rubber trees only grow in Brazil when separated.’
- ‘Employees eat lunch outside on a wooden deck strewn with cafe tables and shaded by an old rubber tree.’
- ‘The workers are opposing management plans to uproot 7,000 rubber trees to make way for sugar cane.’
- ‘Forty-year-old rubber trees are still in production.’
- ‘Britain was attracted to the Malay peninsula by its vast reserves of tin, and later found that the rich soil was also highly productive for growing rubber trees.’
- ‘In the natural rain forest, this separation of rubber trees is easily produced, thanks to the unknowing help of seed dispersers such as monkeys and dung beetles.’
- ‘Natural latex is a milky fluid produced by the rubber tree.’
- 1.1 Used in names of other trees from which a similar latex can be obtained, e.g. Dahomey rubber.
rubber tree/ˈrəbər ˌtrē/
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