poisonwood

noun
poi·​son·​wood | \ˈpȯi-zᵊn-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of poisonwood 

: a tree (Metopium toxiferum) of the cashew family that is native to Florida and the West Indies and has compound leaves, greenish paniculate flowers, and orange-yellow fruits and produces a severely irritating sap

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A reticulated python swallowed a man whole in Indonesia last month, but python attacks on humans are so rare that Hargrove’s biggest concern while hunting was poisonwood, whose sap causes blistering rashes. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Snake fan hunts pythons in Florida to save other critters," 5 May 2017 A reticulated python swallowed a man whole in Indonesia last month, but python attacks on humans are so rare that Hargrove’s biggest concern while hunting was poisonwood, whose sap causes blistering rashes. Washington Post, "Snake fan hunts pythons in Florida to save other critters," 5 May 2017

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1756, in the meaning defined above

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poisonwood

noun
poi·​son·​wood | \ˈpȯiz-ᵊn-ˌwu̇d \

Medical Definition of poisonwood 

: a caustic or poisonous tree of the genus Metopium (M. toxiferum) of Florida and the West Indies that has compound leaves, clusters of greenish flowers, and orange-yellow fruits

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