A perennialwoodyplant, not exactly defined, but differentiated from a shrub by its larger size (typically over a few meters in height) or growth habit, usually having a single (or few) main axis or trunk unbranched for some distance above the ground and a head of branches and foliage.
From Middle English tre, tree, treo, treou, trew, trow, from Old English trēo, trēow, from Proto-West Germanic *treu, from Proto-Germanic *trewą, from pre-Germanic *dréwom, thematic e-grade derivative of Proto-Indo-European *dóru.
From the same Proto-Indo-European: Scots tree, North Frisian tre, trä, Middle Dutch tree > Dutch teer, Danish træ, Swedish trä, träd, Norwegian tre, Icelandic tré, Gothic 𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌿, Sanskrit दारु, Albanian dru, Welsh dâr, Ancient Greek δόρυ, Russian де́рево or дре́во, Tocharian A or. Related to tar, true.
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