Any of several widely cultivated eastern Asian trees of the genus Vernicia (syn. Aleurites), especially V. fordii and V. montana, whose seeds yield a commercially valuable drying oil.
A subtropical tree (Aleurites fordii) of the spurge family, whose seeds yield tung oil.
Origin of tung-tree
- Mandarin tóng from Middle Chinese tfiəŋ
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition