varnish tree


: any of various trees yielding a milky sap suitable for use as a varnish or lacquer
especially : an Asian tree (Rhus verniciflua synonym Toxicodendron vernicifluum) of the cashew family

Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of varnish tree was in 1758

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“Varnish tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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