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 for Varnish tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Varnish \Var"nish\, n. [OE. vernish, F. vernis, LL. vernicium;
     akin to F. vernir to varnish, fr. (assumed) LL. vitrinire to
     glaze, from LL. vitrinus glassy, fr. L. vitrum glass. See
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     1. A viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous
        matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work with a
        brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries,
        either by evaporation or chemical action, and the resinous
        part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful
        gloss, capable of resisting, to a greater or less degree,
        the influences of air and moisture.
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     Note: According to the sorts of solvents employed, the
           ordinary kinds of varnish are divided into three
           classes: spirit, turpentine, and oil varnishes.
           --Encyc. Brit
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     2. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or
        artificially; a glossy appearance.
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              The varnish of the holly and ivy.     --Macaulay.
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     3. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any
        act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
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              And set a double varnish on the fame
              The Frenchman gave you.               --Shak.
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     Varnish tree (Bot.), 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
        Melanorrh[oe]a usitatissima, a tall East Indian tree of
        the Cashew family. See Copal, and Mastic.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  varnish tree
      n 1: large tree native to southeastern Asia; the nuts yield oil
           used in varnishes; nut kernels strung together are used
           locally as candles [syn: candlenut, varnish tree,
           Aleurites moluccana]
      2: small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which
         lacquer is obtained [syn: varnish tree, lacquer tree,
         Chinese lacquer tree, Japanese lacquer tree, Japanese
         varnish tree, Japanese sumac, Toxicodendron
         vernicifluum, Rhus verniciflua]

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