Am·​y·​ris | \ ˈamərə̇s \

Definition of Amyris

: a genus of tropical American trees and shrubs (family Rutaceae) with compound leaves and white flowers

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First Known Use of Amyris

1764, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amyris

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

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“Amyris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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