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[poi-zuh n-woo d]
  1. a tree, Metopium toxiferum, of southern Florida, that has compound leaves and yellowish, berrylike fruits and is poisonous to touch.
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Origin of poisonwood

An Americanism dating back to 1715–25; poison + wood1
Also called poison tree.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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