Astrocaryum

noun

As·​tro·​car·​y·​um
: a genus of very spiny pinnate-leaved tropical American palms (family Palmae), some with edible fruit, others grown for ornament

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Astrocaryum. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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