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

Word History


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 21 Jun. 2024.

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