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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. a deciduous tree of SE U.S. and Mexico.
  • n. a shrubby tree of southern U.S. (Cotinus obovatus) having large plumes of feathery flowers resembling puffs of smoke; -- called also American smoke tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Rhus cotinoides, a rare tree of northern Alabama, with soft light wood of a rich orange color. It is used as material for fences, and yields a clear orange dye.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deciduous tree of southeastern United States and Mexico
  • n. shrubby tree of the Pacific coast of the United States; yields cascara sagrada
  • n. shrubby tree of southern United States having large plumes of feathery flowers resembling puffs of smoke

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