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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: tronc 'box, main part of a body', from Latin truncus 'tree-trunk, main part of a body'

trunk

noun
     
trunk
trunk [countable]
1

tree

HBP the thick central woody stem of a tree:
He left his bicycle leaning against a tree trunk.
trunk of
the trunk of an old oak tree
2

car

American EnglishTTC the part at the back of a car where you can put bags, tools etc [= boot British English]
Put your suitcase in the trunk.
3

elephant

HBA the very long nose of an elephant
4

clothes

trunks

also swim/swimming trunks [plural]DCC a piece of clothing like very short trousers, worn by men for swimming
trunk
5

box

DH a very large box made of wood or metal, in which clothes, books etc are stored or packed for travel
6

body

technicalHBH the main part of your body, not including your head, arms, or legs
suitcaseWORD FOCUS: tree WORD FOCUS: tree
parts of a tree: trunk, branch, leaf, blossom, roots, bark, twig

a large area of trees: forest, rainforest, jungle

a small area of trees: wood/woods, thicket British English, copse British English

types of tree: evergreen, deciduous, conifer, fruit tree, hardwood tree

wood from trees: timber, lumber, firewood
tree

See also
tree
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