Ag·​a·​this | \ ˈa-gə-thəs \

Definition of Agathis

: a small genus of evergreen trees (family Araucariaceae) chiefly of Australasia and the Philippines that are distinguished from members of the genus Araucaria by having larger leaves with flat stalks and the seed free from the cone scale and are valued for their wood and fragrant resins

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First Known Use of Agathis

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Agathis

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek agathís “ball of thread”; so named from the globe-shaped seed cones

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“Agathis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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