Money Tree

Guiana Chestnut also known as Malabar chestnut, French peanut, Provision tree, Saba nut, Monguba (Brazil), Pumpo (Guatemala), Money tree and Money plant.
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Pachira aquatica

Guiana Chestnut
Money Tree (Wiktionary)




money tree (plural money trees)

  1. (non-idiomatic usage) An imaginary tree from which money can be plucked; mentioned as an impossible object — see: money doesn't grow on trees.
    • 1967, Canadian Parliament, House of Commons Debates, Volume 1, page 699,
      Maybe we could learn how to grow money trees.
    • 2004, Leo Furey, The Long Run, page 86,
      Money does not grow on trees. There is no money tree at Mount Kildare. If we had a money tree, boys, there would be no need of the bakery, no need of the raffle.
  2. (US) A miniature tree sculpture decorated with currency, often used as a raffle prize or a gift.
    • 1972, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, American Association of Industrial Nurses, Occupational
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