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- (botany) Any one of several trees or shrubs with yellow or bright red flowers, such as Rhododendron arboreum, Brachychiton acerifolium, or Delonix regia.
- The people had stared in awe at the magnificently colored flame tree.
- 1919, Charles Francis Saunders, With the Flowers and Trees in California, R.M. McBride & Co., 47:
- ... its scarlet-flowered cousin the maple leaved Sterculia, or Australian flame-tree, which we grow in California for ornament, too, is a tough waterproof fiber a couple of inches thick, that is good material for cordage and mats.