An·​ti·​a·​ris | \ ˌantēˈa(a)rə̇s \

Definition of Antiaris

: a genus of East Indian trees (family Moraceae) with axillary clustered flowers and fleshy purple fruits — see upas

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History and Etymology for Antiaris

borrowed from New Latin, derivative based on Javanese ancar “upas tree”

Note: Taxon introduced by the French botanist Jean-Baptiste Leschenault de la Tour (1773-1826) in “Mémoire sur le Strychnos tieute et l’Antiaris toxicaria, plantes vénéneuses de l’île de Java,” Annales du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, vol. 16 (1810), pp. 459-83. Cf. note at antiar.

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“Antiaris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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