smoke tree
noun Date: 1846 either of two small shrubby trees (genus Cotinus) of the cashew family with large panicles of minute flowers that suggest a cloud of smoke: a. one (C. coggygria) of Eurasia that is widely planted in the eastern United States b. one (C. obovatus) of the southeastern United States and Texas

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Smoke tree — Smoke Smoke (sm[=o]k), n. [AS. smoca, fr. sme[ o]can to smoke; akin to LG. & D. smook smoke, Dan. sm[ o]g, G. schmauch, and perh. to Gr. ??? to burn in a smoldering fire; cf. Lith. smaugti to choke.] 1. The visible exhalation, vapor, or substance …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smoke tree — n. 1. a small, bushy, Old World tree (Cotinus coggygria) of the cashew family, with filmy, feathery flower clusters resembling smoke 2. a tree (Cotinus americanus) of the cashew family, growing in the SW U.S. and having brilliant orange and… …   English World dictionary

  • smoke tree — smoke′ tree n. 1) bot (boi pln) a tree, Cotinus obovatus, of the cashew family, native to the south central U.S., having egg shaped leaves and large clusters of small white flowers 2) pln a related shrub, C. coggygria, of Eurasia, having… …   From formal English to slang

  • smoke tree — noun 1. greyish green shrub of desert regions of southwestern United States and Mexico having sparse foliage and terminal spikes of bluish violet flowers; locally important as source of a light colored honey of excellent flavor • Syn: ↑Dalea… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smoke tree — taxobox name = Smoke Tree image caption = Smoketree flowerhead with fruit and dew droplets regnum = Plantae unranked divisio = Angiosperms unranked classis = Eudicots unranked ordo = Rosids ordo = Sapindales familia = Anacardiaceae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • smoke tree — 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,… …   Universalium

  • smoke tree — Venetian Ve*ne tian, a. [Cf. It. Veneziano, L. Venetianus.] Of or pertaining to Venice in Italy. [1913 Webster] {Venetian blind}, a blind for windows, doors, etc., made of thin slats, either fixed at a certain angle in the shutter, or movable,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smoke tree — pūkenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Anakardinių (Anacardiaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Cotinus). atitikmenys: lot. Cotinus angl. smoke tree; wig tree vok. Perückenbaum; Perückenstrauch rus. скумпия lenk. perukowiec …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • smoke tree — /ˈsmoʊk tri/ (say smohk tree) noun 1. a tree like shrub, Cotinus coggygria, native to southern Europe and western Asia, bearing small flowers in large panicles that develop a light, feathery appearance suggestive of smoke. 2. a related American… …   Australian English dictionary

  • smoke tree — noun a shrub or small tree which bears feathery plumes of purple or reddish flowers and fruit, giving it a smoky appearance. [Cotinus coggygria (formerly Rhus cotinus).] …   English new terms dictionary

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