varnish-tree

varnish tree

noun
1.
any of various trees yielding sap or other substances used for varnish, as Rhus verniciflua, of Japan.
2.
an Asian tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, of the soapberry family, having showy clusters of yellow flowers from 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cm) long, and papery, brilliantly colored pods with black seeds, grown as an ornamental.

Origin:
1750–60, Americanism

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

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