tung tree

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tung tree

Any of several widely cultivated eastern Asian trees of the genus Vernicia (syn. Aleurites), especially V. fordii and V. montana, whose seeds yield a commercially valuable drying oil.

[Mandarin tóng, from Middle Chinese tɦəŋ.]

tung′ tree`

any of several trees belonging to the genus Aleurites, of the spurge family, esp. A. fordii, of China, bearing seeds that yield tung oil.
[1890–95; see tung oil]
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Noun1.tung tree - Chinese tree bearing seeds that yield tung oiltung tree - Chinese tree bearing seeds that yield tung oil
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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A convergence of factors ultimately scuttled the tung oil industry there, but nostalgia for Vernicia fordii, as the native Chinese tree is known scientifically, has lingered to this day.
Establishment of regeneration system for mature embryo in Vernicia fordii.
The H-oleosins were absent in seed oil bodies of many plants like Vernicia fordii, Camellia oleifera, Citrus sinensis, Cocus nucifera and Prunus dulcis.