Bac·​tris | \ ˈbaktrə̇s \

Definition of Bactris

: a large genus of tropical American pinnate-leaved usually spiny palms (family Palmae) with small fruit consisting of a fibrous pulp enclosing a hard, mostly oily, and sometimes edible nut

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First Known Use of Bactris

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Bactris

New Latin, modification of Greek baktron stick, staff

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“Bactris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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