smoke tree

noun
  1. Also called American smoke tree, chittamwood. a tree, Cotinus obovatus, of the cashew family, native to the southeastern U.S., having egg-shaped leaves and large clusters of small white flowers.
  2. Also called Venetian sumac. a related shrub, C. coggygria, of Eurasia, having elliptical leaves and clusters of hairy, purple flowers.

Origin of smoke tree

First recorded in 1840–50
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smoke tree

noun
  1. an anacardiaceous shrub, Cotinus coggygria, of S Europe and Asia, having clusters of yellowish feathery flowers
  2. a related tree, Cotinus americanus, of the southern US

Word Origin for smoke tree

C19: so named because of the similarity between its flower clusters and a cloud of smoke
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