Helicteres

noun

Helic·​te·​res
ˌhelə̇kˈtirēz,
hə̇ˈliktəˌr-
: a large genus of tropical trees and shrubs (family Sterculiaceae) with axillary flowers and fruits consisting of five twisted carpels see screw tree

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek heliktēres, plural of heliktēr anything twisted, from helik-, helix spiral

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“Helicteres.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Helicteres. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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