American smoke tree
chittamwood chittamwood n. 1. a shrubby tree of the U. S. Pacific coast ({Rhamnus purshianus} or {Rhamnus purshiana}), whose bark is the {cascara sagrada}, used as a mild cathartic or laxative.

Syn: cascara, cascara buckthorn, bearberry, bearwood, chittimwood, {Rhamnus purshianus}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. a deciduous tree of SE U.S. and Mexico.

Syn: false buckthorn, chittimwood, shittimwood, black haw, Bumelia lanuginosa. [WordNet 1.5]

3. a shrubby tree of southern U.S. ({Cotinus obovatus}) having large plumes of feathery flowers resembling puffs of smoke; -- called also {American smoke tree}.

Syn: American smokewood, {Cotinus americanus}, {Cotinus obovatus}. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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