Definition of Japanese varnish tree

1. Noun. Small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained.

2. Noun. Deciduous tree widely grown in southern United States as an ornamental for its handsome maplelike foliage and long racemes of yellow-green flowers followed by curious leaflike pods.
Exact synonyms: Chinese Parasol, Chinese Parasol Tree, Firmiana Simplex, Phoenix Tree
Group relationships: Firmiana, Genus Firmiana
Generic synonyms: Tree

Lexicographical Neighbors of Japanese Varnish Tree

Japanese red pine
Japanese river fever
Japanese rose
Japanese sea lion
Japanese slipper
Japanese snowbell
Japanese spaniel
Japanese spitz
Japanese spitzes
Japanese spurge
Japanese stranglehold
Japanese sumac
Japanese table pine
Japanese tree lilac
Japanese umbrella pine
Japanese varnish tree
Japanese wistaria
Japanese yew
Japanese yews

Literary usage of Japanese varnish tree

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of Japan: Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam by Engelbert Kaempfer, Simon Delboe, Hamond Gibben, William Ramsden (1906)
"... and also as an ingredient of their scarcer and better sort of Varnish. (The Japanese Varnish-tree is describ'd and figur'd in the ..."

2. The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of a Three Years' Residence in Japan by Rutherford Alcock (1863)
"The japanese varnish tree. A tree 15 to 20 feet in height, grown exclusively for the sake of its sap, from which the celebrated lacquer is obtained, ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and Liberty Hyde Bailey by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"japanese varnish tree. CHINESE PARASOL THEE. Fig. 3691. Strong-growing, smooth- barked, round-headed tree of medium size, with deciduous foliage: Ivs. very ..."

4. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William Buck Dana (1860)
"... on magnificent clumps of the japanese varnish tree, twelve to sixteen feet high. The cocoons obtained from those kept exposed to all weathers are larger ..."

5. Pamphlets on Silviculture (1918)
"japanese varnish tree ... platanifolia)—The japanese varnish tree is another Asiatic tree which has found favor in this country. ..."

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