varnish tree



any of various trees yielding sap or other substances used for varnish, as Rhus verniciflua, of Japan.
an Asian tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, of the soapberry family, having showy clusters of yellow flowers from 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cm) long, and papery, brilliantly colored pods with black seeds, grown as an ornamental.

Origin of varnish tree

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for varnish tree

  • The urusi or varnish-tree, of which they make so extensive a use, is a noble tree when grown to its full size.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King

British Dictionary definitions for varnish tree

varnish tree


any of various trees, such as the lacquer tree, yielding substances used to make varnish or lacquer

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