poison oak

poison oak
noun
1. dermatitis resulting from contact with a poison oak plant
Hypernyms: ↑Rhus dermatitis
2. climbing plant common in eastern and central United States with ternate leaves and greenish flowers followed by white berries; yields an irritating oil that causes a rash on contact
Hypernyms: ↑poisonous plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Toxicodendron, ↑genus Toxicodendron

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noun [noncount]
1 : a common bush in the western U.S. that causes a very itchy and painful rash on your skin if you touch it
2 :poison ivy

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ˌpoison ˈoak f8 [poison oak] noun uncountable
a N American bush that causes painful spots on the skin when you touch it

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