noun Ber·thol·le·tia \ˌbər-thə-ˈlē-sh(ē-)ə\

Definition of Bertholletia

  1. :  a genus of tall South American trees (family Lecythidaceae) having flowers with six petals and a 2-parted deciduous calyx succeeded by hard-shelled capsules — see brazil nut

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Origin and Etymology of bertholletia

New Latin, after Comte Claude L. Berthollet †1822 French chemist + New Latin -ia

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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