smoke-tree

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:
1840–50

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smoke tree
 
n
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
 
[C19: so named because of the similarity between its flower clusters and a cloud of smoke]

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