tree [-s] n

OE tréow.

  1. Large perennial plant having a self-supporting woody main stem or trunk; plant which develops woody branches at some distance from the ground; plant that grows to a considerable height and size; plant distinguished from a bush or shrub by size and manner of growth; [allusion to the “Tree of Love”]:
  2. Fruit-producing plant, cultivated in gardens and orchards.
  3. Coniferous plant; cone-bearing plant useful for timber or fuel; evergreen used as a Christmas symbol.
  4. Perch; nest; [fig.] planet Earth as seen from heaven.
  5. Deterrent; hindrance; stumbling block.
  6. Heaven; something out of reach.
  7. Crucifix; cross on which Christ was crucified (see Acts 10:39).
  8. Something resembling a tree; diagram that has a stem and branches for genealogical information.
  9. Bay; [fig.] gravesite of a hero.
  10. Life.