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Meaning of smoke tree

smoke' tree"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Also calleda 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 calleda related shrub, C. coggygria, of Eurasia, having elliptical leaves and clusters of hairy, purple flowers.
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