smoke tree

smoke tree
noun
1. greyish-green shrub of desert regions of southwestern United States and Mexico having sparse foliage and terminal spikes of bluish violet flowers; locally important as source of a light-colored honey of excellent flavor
Syn: ↑Dalea spinosa
Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush
Member Holonyms: ↑Dalea, ↑genus Dalea
2. any of several shrubs or shrubby trees of the genus Cotinus
Syn: ↑smoke bush
Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑Cotinus, ↑genus Cotinus

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noun
1. : either of two small shrubby plants of the genus Cotinus having large panicles of flowers on plumose pedicels that resemble a cloud of smoke:
a. : an Old World shrub (C. coggygria) — called also Venetian sumac
b. : an American shrub or shrubby tree (C. obovatus) — called also chittamwood
2. : a spiny grayish green leguminous shrub (Dalea spinosa) of desert areas of the southwestern United States and Mexico that has very sparse foliage and terminal spikes of bluish violet flowers and that is a locally important honey plant yielding a light-colored honey of excellent flavor

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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.
[1840-50]

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smoke bush or smoke tree noun
A sumach with light feathery or cloudlike panicles
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Main Entry:smoke
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smoke tree see ↑smoke bush above.
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Main Entry:smoke

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smoke tree,
a small tree or shrub of the cashew family, with flower clusters that look somewhat like tiny puffs of smoke; feather tree. It is related to the sumac.

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n. a shrub or small tree of the cashew family that bears long feathery plumes of flowers, giving it a smoky appearance. Genus Cotinus, family Anacardiaceae: two species, the European C. coggygria, grown in North America as an ornamental, and the rare American C. obovatus

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  • Smoke tree — Smoke Smoke (sm[=o]k), n. [AS. smoca, fr. sme[ o]can to smoke; akin to LG. & D. smook smoke, Dan. sm[ o]g, G. schmauch, and perh. to Gr. ??? to burn in a smoldering fire; cf. Lith. smaugti to choke.] 1. The visible exhalation, vapor, or substance …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • smoke tree — Venetian Ve*ne tian, a. [Cf. It. Veneziano, L. Venetianus.] Of or pertaining to Venice in Italy. [1913 Webster] {Venetian blind}, a blind for windows, doors, etc., made of thin slats, either fixed at a certain angle in the shutter, or movable,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smoke tree — pūkenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Anakardinių (Anacardiaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Cotinus). atitikmenys: lot. Cotinus angl. smoke tree; wig tree vok. Perückenbaum; Perückenstrauch rus. скумпия lenk. perukowiec …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • smoke tree — /ˈsmoʊk tri/ (say smohk tree) noun 1. a tree like shrub, Cotinus coggygria, native to southern Europe and western Asia, bearing small flowers in large panicles that develop a light, feathery appearance suggestive of smoke. 2. a related American… …  

  • smoke tree — noun Date: 1846 either of two small shrubby trees (genus Cotinus) of the cashew family with large panicles of minute flowers that suggest a cloud of smoke: a. one (C. coggygria) of Eurasia that is widely planted in the eastern United States b.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • smoke tree — noun a shrub or small tree which bears feathery plumes of purple or reddish flowers and fruit, giving it a smoky appearance. [Cotinus coggygria (formerly Rhus cotinus).] …   English new terms dictionary

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