A hard copy of a book. That is, a physical series of papers, composed primarily of non-living organic matter originating from trees, that are bound together into a single volume.
Carrying all these dead trees around campus is really hurting my back.
by thrillkillbill January 8, 2009
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Pejorative for paper, books, and other hard copies that required killing of trees in order to produce them.

Often used when one prefers an electronic version or submission of a product otherwise seen on paper.
"Hello, Clive. Do you accept online dropbox submissions of our homework, or are we compelled to take from the environment by printing out and submitting dead trees to your desk every Thursday?"
by Egao No Genki January 31, 2012
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when 27 Black guys have a gay orgy on the top of the eiffel tower
guy: What do you see through the telescope
girl: 27 black guys having a gay orgy on the top of the eiffel tower
guy: oh a dead tree
by Anal_Warrior27 June 19, 2018
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A form of dance used to show that you and/or your friends are having more than just a good time. To perform the dance, all one needs to do is simply put their arms infront of them (kind of like a zombie) and put your head down. Then kind of bob up and down and there you have it. Simple, yet amazing.
Example One:

Joe: Look at Ford on the stage! ...What is he doing?
Peter: Why, that's The Dead Tree! Ford must be having a great time.

Example Two:

Jimbo: Dude, I love this song!
Wallace: DO THE DEAD TREE!!!
by A Stinky Black July 5, 2011
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to fold yourself in half and hang like a dead tree. can be used while dancing if you can not think of a better pose.
while dancing i completely forgot what to do so i just did the dead tree.
by the CIT July 14, 2011
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The paper version of a journal or newspaper article
Hey, you got the dead tree edition of this 'Quantum Tunnelling of a Boson through a Trapezoidal Potential Barrier' paper?
Fuck Off!
by Mudit January 31, 2005
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Newspapers and magazines, as opposed to talk radio and the Blogosphere.
I picked up the Times in the bus station the other day. Nothing in that dead tree media!
by octopod March 30, 2006
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