Cryptocarya

noun

Cryp·​to·​car·​ya
-ˈka(a)rēə
: a genus of tropical trees (family Lauraceae) having flowers with nine fertile and three sterile stamens and with the ripened ovary embedded in the succulent calyx tube

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from crypt- + -carya (from Greek karyon nut)

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“Cryptocarya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cryptocarya. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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