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[poi-zuh n-woo d] /ˈpɔɪ zənˌwʊd/
a tree, Metopium toxiferum, of southern Florida, that has compound leaves and yellowish, berrylike fruits and is poisonous to touch.
Also called poison tree.
Origin of poisonwood
An Americanism dating back to 1715-25; poison + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Poison sumach (Rhus vernix) is not the same as poisonwood, though sometimes the two are confounded.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The tree occurs in southern Florida where it is sometimes known as poisonwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

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