: a genus of very spiny pinnate-leaved tropical American palms (family Palmae), some with edible fruit, others grown for ornament

Word History


New Latin, from astr- + -caryum (from Greek karyon nut); probably from the radiating arrangement of the pores on the kernel of the fruit

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“Astrocaryum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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