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Tree seeds and other products

acorn

noun

the nut of an oak tree, shaped like a small egg with a cover like a cup at one end

cola nut

noun

a seed that is used for making the drink cola. It grows on a cola tree.

cone

noun

the fruit of a pine tree

conker

noun

the large shiny brown seed of the horse chestnut tree

cork

noun

a light substance forming the bark (=outer covering) of a tree called the cork oak

gum

noun

a sticky substance that comes from some trees

horse chestnut

noun

a seed from the horse chestnut tree. The seed is also called a conker.

kernel

noun

the soft part inside a nut or a seed

latex

noun

a thick white liquid produced especially by the rubber tree and used for making rubber, paint, and glue

nutshell

noun

the hard shell around a nut

pine cone

noun

the brown hard fruit of a pine tree

raffia

noun

a rough substance used for making baskets and other objects. Raffia comes from the leaves of a palm tree.

resin

noun

a transparent sticky substance produced by some plants and trees, often used for making paints, glue, and plastic

rubber

noun

a strong substance that can bend easily and is used for making things such as tyres and boots. Rubber comes from a tree

sap

noun

a sticky substance found in plants and trees

shell

noun

the hard outer part of an egg or nut

tannin

noun

a yellow-brown substance from trees and plants used in making leather

tea tree

noun

oil from a tea tree

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