from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poisonous dioecious tree (Metopium toxiferum) of southern Florida and the West Indies, having pinnately compound leaves, yellow-green flowers clustered in axillary panicles, and yellow-orange drupes. It causes a rash on contact.
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- n. Metopium toxiferum, a species of tree found in the American neotropics known for producing the irritant urushiol.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small poisonous tree, Rhus Metopium, of the West Indies and southern Florida, whose bark yields upon incision a gum with emetic, purgative, and diuretic properties. Also called burnwood, coral-sumac, mountain manchineel,hog-plum,etc.
- n. A small euphorbiaceous tree, Sebastiania lucida, of the same habitat
Spend enough time with all those stoners and smugglers and ex-cons and sugar cane tycoons and telemarketers and televangelists, and you'll swear they must have crawled straight from the Florida swamps, hissing, wreathed in poisonwood.
When I was in high school, we never got to read things like the poisonwood bible.
I'm reading 'The poisonwood bible' by Barbra Kingsolver about an American family who settle in a Congolese village in the sixties trying to spread the word of God-well the father anyway, the rest cant be bothered.
An ivylike beauty identified quaintly as poisonwood.