Hyaenanche

noun

Hy·​ae·​nan·​che
ˌhīəˈnaŋkē
: a genus of trees (family Euphorbiaceae) of southern Africa with coriaceous whorled leaves, cymose staminate flowers, and solitary pistillate flowers

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin hyaena hyena + New Latin -anche (from Greek anchein to strangle); from the use of the fruit in poisoning hyenas

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

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