[poi-zuh n-woo d]
- a tree, Metopium toxiferum, of southern Florida, that has compound leaves and yellowish, berrylike fruits and is poisonous to touch.
Origin of poisonwood
Also called poison tree.
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Examples from the Web for poisonwood
The book's setting has drawn some comparisons to Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
March 13, 2011
Poison sumach (Rhus vernix) is not the same as poisonwood, though sometimes the two are confounded.
The tree occurs in southern Florida where it is sometimes known as poisonwood.