from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree-like shrub, Rhus Cotinus, native in southern Europe, cultivated elsewhere for ornament.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)