Actinidia

noun Ac·ti·nid·ia \ˌak-tə-ˈni-dē-ə\

Definition of Actinidia

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at actino-


First Known Use: 1861


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