Definitions for lacquer tree

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  1. varnish tree, lacquer tree, Chinese lacquer tree, Japanese lacquer tree, Japanese varnish tree, Japanese sumac, Toxicodendron vernicifluum, Rhus verniciflua(noun)

    small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained


  1. Toxicodendron vernicifluum

    Toxicodendron vernicifluum, also known by the common name Chinese lacquer tree. is an Asian tree species of genus Toxicodendron native to China and the Indian subcontinent, and cultivated in regions of China, Korea and Japan. Other common names include Japanese lacquer tree, Japanese Sumac, and varnish tree. The trees are cultivated and tapped for their toxic sap, which is used as a highly durable lacquer to make Chinese, Japanese, and Korean lacquerware. The trees grow up to 20 m tall with large leaves, each containing from 7 to 19 leaflets. The sap contains the allergenic compound urushiol, which gets its name from this species' Japanese name urushi. Urushiol is the oil found in poison ivy that causes a rash.


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