Actinidia

noun
Ac·​ti·​nid·​ia | \ ˌak-tə-ˈni-dē-ə \

Definition of Actinidia

: a small genus (the type of the family Actinidiaceae) of Asian woody vines having alternate simple leaves, dioecious or polygamous axillary flowers, and many-seeded berries — see silvervine

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First Known Use of Actinidia

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Actinidia

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek aktīn-, aktís “ray, beam, spoke of a wheel” + New Latin -idia (feminine derivative of -idium -idium); probably so called from the radiating arrangement of the stigmata

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“Actinidia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Actinidia. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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