smoke tree

noun

Definition of smoke tree

: 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 U.S.
b : one (C. obovatus) of the southeastern U.S. and Texas

Examples of smoke tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the showiest models, Gregg recommends viewing the Japanese maple, Chinese pistache, and American smoke trees. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of smoke tree

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Smoke tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smoke%20tree. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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