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smoke tree

noun
1.
Also called American smoke tree, chittamwood. a tree, Cotinus obovatus, of the cashew family, native to the southeastern U.S., having egg-shaped leaves and large clusters of small white flowers.
2.
Also called Venetian sumac. a related shrub, C. coggygria, of Eurasia, having elliptical leaves and clusters of hairy, purple flowers.
Origin of smoke tree
1840-1850
1840-50
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Examples from the Web for smoke tree
Historical Examples
  • The glory of the smoke tree is the utter failure of its clustered flowers to set seed.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • No garden with a shrubbery border is complete without a smoke tree, which is interesting and beautiful at any season.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The American smoke tree (Cotinus cotinoides) is another member of the sumach family.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for smoke tree

smoke tree

noun
1.
an anacardiaceous shrub, Cotinus coggygria, of S Europe and Asia, having clusters of yellowish feathery flowers
2.
a related tree, Cotinus americanus, of the southern US
Word Origin
C19: so named because of the similarity between its flower clusters and a cloud of smoke
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