from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several trees having milky juice used to make varnish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tree or shrub from the juice or resin of which varnish is made, as some species of the genus Rhus, especially Rhus vernicifera of Japan. The black varnish of Burmah is obtained from the Melanorrhœa usitatissima, a tall East Indian tree of the Cashew family. See Copal, and Mastic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of several trees of which the sap or some secretion serves as a lacquer or varnish.

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

  • n. small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained
  • n. large tree native to southeastern Asia; the nuts yield oil used in varnishes; nut kernels strung together are used locally as candles


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