American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two deciduous plants, Cotinus obovatus, a tree of the southern United States, or C. coggygria, a shrub of Eurasia, having plumelike clusters of small yellowish flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree-like shrub, Rhus Cotinus, native in southern Europe, cultivated elsewhere for ornament. Most of the flowers are usually abortive, and the panicle develops into a light feathery or cloud-like bunch of a green or reddish color (whence the above name, also that of fringe-tree). The wood yields a valuable dye, the young fustic (which see, under
fustic); the leaves are used for tanning (see scotino). Also called smoke-bush, smoke-plant, Venetian sumac, and Venus's-sumac.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a shrub (Rhus Cotinus) in which the flowers are mostly abortive and the panicles transformed into tangles of plumose pedicels looking like wreaths of smoke.
- n. any of several shrubs or shrubby trees of the genus Cotinus
- n. 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
- From the resemblance of the flower clusters to puffs of smoke. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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