: a genus of aromatic shrubs or trees (family Lauraceae) having small evergreen leaves, short racemes of flowers, and berrylike fruits see mangeao

Word History


New Latin, from French litsé shrub of the genus Litsea, from Chinese (Cantonese) leĭ tsaí cherry, literally, small plum

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“Litsea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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