\ ˈōˌlaks \

Definition of Olax

: a genus (the type of the family Olacaceae) of evergreen trees and shrubs distributed through the tropics of Asia, Africa, and Australia and having distichous leaves and small racemose flowers with three stamens

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History and Etymology for Olax

New Latin, from Late Latin olax odorous, from olēre to smell; from the unpleasant odor of the wood

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“Olax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Olax. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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