tung tree

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Chinese (tóng)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʊŋ ˌtɹiː/, /ˈtʌŋ ˌtɹiː/

Noun[edit]

tung tree (plural tung trees)

  1. Any of the genus Vernicia, especially Vernicia fordii (syn. Aleurites fordii), of east Asian trees or shrubs cultivated for their seeds which are a source of tung oil.
  2. (botany) A candlenut tree, of either of the two species of the genus Aleurites, which also yield such oil.

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