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.]
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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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Tung seed can be used to extract tung tree oil, and its wood is a basic material in the production of consumer goods at that time, when the economy was much more local, the Tung tree wood's economic value was an important resource in helping many Hakka families make ends meet, and helped Hakka communities purchase food.
Today, although people's livelihood no longer rely on the economic value of tung tree, the modern Tung Tree Festival has been a great economy success.
Vernicia (Vernicia fordii Hemsl.), belonging to the same family as Jatropha, is well known as Tung tree and native to Southern China with a subtropical climate.
Identification, classification and differential expression of oleosin genes in tung tree (Vernicia fordii).
The newest tung tree on the scene, Anna Bella, may herald a new generation of ornamental tung tree varieties suitable for landscape uses in the U.S.
There are nine hickories, multiple oaks (including a liveoak), a blackgum, wild cherry, persimmon, a tung tree and two native English hollies with lots of red berries at Christmas.
Tung tree [Vernicia fordii (Hemsl.) Airy-Shaw] is one of the most important woody oil plants and provides the sole source of tung oil widely used in the industry.
Chemist John Dyer and plant geneticist Jay Shockey in SRRC's Commodity Utilization Research Unit are trying to take the mystery out of how certain plants, like the tung tree, produce high levels of unusual fatty acids.
It is located in a large parkland featuring a huge natural lake, and is largely covered by Tung Trees, which make for a truly spectacular setting, especially when they are in blossom.
Once the area grew tung trees, a source of income for area farmers.
Moreover, the floral event is closely related to Hakka culture and lifestyle as many Tung trees were mainly planted at places where Hakka people live.