varnish tree


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varnish tree

n.
Any of several trees having milky juice used to make varnish.

varnish tree

n
(Plants) any of various trees, such as the lacquer tree, yielding substances used to make varnish or lacquer

var′nish tree`


n.
any of various trees yielding sap that can be used for varnish, as Rhus verniciflua, of the cashew family.
[1750–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.varnish tree - large tree native to southeastern Asiavarnish tree - large tree native to southeastern Asia; the nuts yield oil used in varnishes; nut kernels strung together are used locally as candles
candlenut - seed of candlenut tree; source of soil used in varnishes
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
2.varnish tree - small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtainedvarnish tree - small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained
genus Toxicodendron, Toxicodendron - in some classifications: comprising those members of the genus Rhus having foliage that is poisonous to the touch; of North America and northern South America
poisonous plant - a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism
References in classic literature ?
Round the enclosure were high banks on which a triple line of trees of different kinds were growing; the first row consisted of acacias, the second of Japanese varnish trees, and some young elms grew on the highest row of all.
In all likelihood The Exploits draws on it when it describes the varnish tree.
His French original describes the varnish tree in China thus: