Meaning of American smoke tree

Amer'ican smoke' tree"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a small tree, Cotinus obovatus, of the cashew family, of the central southern U.S., having yellowish flowers and clusters of fleshy fruit with silky plumes. Also called
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