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.
Hevea brasiliensis, family Euphorbiaceae
- ‘Natural latex is a milky fluid produced by the rubber tree.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Employees eat lunch outside on a wooden deck strewn with cafe tables and shaded by an old rubber tree.’
- ‘Also known as natural rubber latex, this milky cytosol is acquired by tapping the commercial rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But rubber trees only grow in Brazil when separated.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You'll learn how the 23 families who live here harvest rubber trees and survive without plumbing or electricity.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Natural latex is a milky fluid produced by the rubber tree and is used for manufacturing scores of everyday items.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This provided the impetus necessary for the commercial use of the rubber tree.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The workers are opposing management plans to uproot 7,000 rubber trees to make way for sugar cane.’
- ‘In contrast, latex from the tropical rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis can cause allergic reactions ranging from discomforting rashes to life-threatening shock.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Forty-year-old rubber trees are still in production.’
- ‘Coconut palms, jackfruit, mango, orange, lime, and rubber trees, as well as coffee bushes, were cultivated.’
- ‘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.’
- 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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