Chinese tallow tree


Definition of Chinese tallow tree

: a tall, fast-growing, deciduous Asian tree (Sapium sebiferum synonym Triadica sebifera) that has hard wood, heart-shaped leaves, and oily wax-coated seeds

Note: The Chinese tallow tree was originally introduced into South Carolina in the 1700s and is now typically considered an invasive species in parts of the southeastern United States.

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First Known Use of Chinese tallow tree

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Chinese tallow tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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