Upas

Part of speech: noun

A tall tree, of the island of Java, with an acrid, milky poisonous juice. See illustration in next column.

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Usage examples "upas":

  1. That is the deadly upas- tree, he explained, and it is as much as a man's life is worth to lie down in the shade of its twisted limbs. - "Tales of Fantasy and Fact", Brander Matthews.
  2. Of the brilliance of the part that I played with Mrs. McRory it would ill become me to speak; what is more worthy of record is the rapid and Upas- like growth of intimacy between Curly McRory and my wife's niece. - "Further Experiences of an Irish R.M.", E. OEnone Somerville Martin Ross.
  3. When the first British statesman of his time, not a Roman Catholic, nor, as the Irish would have said, a Catholic at all, had denounced the upas, or poison, tree of Protestant ascendency, and had cut off its two principal branches, Froude wasted his breath in telling the American Irish, or the American people, that Gladstone did not know what he was talking about. - "The Life of Froude", Herbert Paul.