Balanophora

noun
Bal·​a·​noph·​o·​ra | \ ˌbaləˈnäfərə \

Definition of Balanophora

: a genus (typifying the family Balanophoraceae) of Asian parasitic plants having pistillate flowers without perianth and with one pistil

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First Known Use of Balanophora

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Balanophora

New Latin, from balan- + -phora

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The first known use of Balanophora was in 1845

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“Balanophora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Balanophora. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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