Antiaris

noun An·ti·a·ris \ˌantēˈa(a)rə̇s\

Definition of Antiaris

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

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Origin and Etymology of antiaris

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