: a large genus of tropical American trees (family Moraceae) that have stems hollow between the nodes and peltate deeply lobed rough leaves usually whitish beneath and clustered at the ends of the branches and that yield a bast fiber used for cordage, a bark used in tanning, and caoutchouc from their milky juice see trumpetwood

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, feminine of Cecropius Athenian, Attic, from Greek Kekropios, from Kekrop-, Kekrops, mythical first king of Athens

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“Cecropia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cecropia. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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