varnish tree


Definition of 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

First Known Use of varnish tree

1758, in the meaning defined above

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“Varnish tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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