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samara

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noun sa·ma·ra \ˈsa-mə-rə; sə-ˈma-rə, -ˈmär-ə\

Definition of samara

  1. :  a dry indehiscent usually one-seeded winged fruit (as of an ash or elm tree) —called also key



Did You Know?

Not familiar with the term samara referring to the winged fruit of the elm, ash, maple, and sycamore, among other trees? Then how about "key," "whirlybird," "helicopter," "whirligig," or "spinning jenny"? Those nicknames are all excellent descriptors of a samara. A samara resembles a key and when it falls its unique shape enables it to spin like a helicopter's rotor and drift away from its tree. Botanists began using the term "samara" in the late 16th century. In Latin, it means literally "seed of the elm."

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Origin and Etymology of samara

New Latin, from Latin, seed of the elm


First Known Use: 1577

Rhymes with samara


Samara

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geographical name Sa·ma·ra \sə-ˈmär-ə\

Definition of Samara

  1. city E Russia in Europe in valley of the Volga pop 1,239,000



Variants of samara

or 1935–91

Kuybyshev

play \ˈkwē-bə-ˌshef, ˈkü-ē-bə-, -ˌshev\

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