: a genus (typifying the family Cochlospermaceae of the order Parietales) of trees native to tropical America and Africa and having palmate leaves and seeds covered with a silky down see sterculia gum

Word History


New Latin, from cochlo- (from Greek kochlos, a kind of shellfish with a spiral shell) + -spermum; from the coiled embryo

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“Cochlospermum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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