from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Chionanthus Virginica, a small tree allied to the ash, found on river-banks in the United States, from Pennsylvania to Texas, and frequently planted for ornament.
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The first, the olive family (_Oleaceæ_), besides the olive, contains the lilac and jasmine among cultivated plants, and the various species of ash (_Fraxinus_), and the pretty fringe-tree (_Chionanthus_) (Fig. 122, _A_), often cultivated for its abundant white flowers.
And I have had the summer which has brought back the sight of many sweet and longed-for friends - the early oleander, the crêpe-myrtle, the jessamine, the silver bells, the pink mimosa - and I 've listened for the whisper of the snow-white fringe-tree and the rustle of the leaves of the aspen.
I felt half jealous that my friend should no longer be Anna Alston, as she stood bowing to the various salutations, graceful as a fringe-tree, whose white tassels wave in the clustering forests.
P] They are feathered Pecksniffs, to be sure, but then how brightly their breasts, that look rather shabby in the sunlight, shine in a rainy day against the dark green of the fringe-tree!
In the open air, in the gardens, japonicas grow ten feet high and blossom late in winter; and the "fringe-tree 'and the Lagerstremia Indica dot the lawns with a dense array of blossoms.
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