ordeal tree

any of several trees having poisonous seeds, leaves, etc., used in primitive trials by ordeal.

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  • Ordeal tree — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ordeal tree — noun evergreen shrub or tree of South Africa • Syn: ↑bushman s poison, ↑Acocanthera oppositifolia, ↑Acocanthera venenata • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Aco …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ordeal — Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See {Deal},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ordeal bean — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ordeal root — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ordeal — n. 1 a painful or horrific experience; a severe trial. 2 hist. an ancient esp. Germanic test of guilt or innocence by subjection of the accused to severe pain or torture, survival of which was taken as divine proof of innocence. Phrases and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ordeal by Innocence —   …   Wikipedia

  • Ordeal (horse) — Ordeal Breed Standardbred Sire Light Brigade (USA) Grandsire Volomite Dam Arizona (NZ) Damsire U Scott Sex Mare Foaled 1 September 1957 Country …   Wikipedia

  • ordeal bark — noun Etymology: so called from its use as an ordeal poison : the poisonous bark of a West African tree (Erythrophloeum guineense) of the family Leguminosae : sassy bark …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cerbera venenata — Ordeal Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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