Amyris

noun

Am·​y·​ris
ˈamərə̇s
: a genus of tropical American trees and shrubs (family Rutaceae) with compound leaves and white flowers

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, probably irregular from Greek amyros not watery, probably from a- (akin to hama together) + myron sweet oil, unguent; from the oily quality of the plant

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amyris was in 1764

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“Amyris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Amyris. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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