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varnish tree[′vär·nish ‚trē]
Rhus vernicifera. A member of the sumac family (Anacardiaceae) cultivated in Japan; the cut bark exudes a juicy milk which darkens and thickens on exposure and is applied as a thin film to become a varnish of extreme hardness. Also known as lacquer tree.
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