Definition of Ostrya
: a small widely distributed genus of trees (family Betulaceae) having fruit resembling cones with membranous inflated bracts — see hop hornbeam
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Origin and Etymology of ostrya
New Latin, from Greek, hop hornbeam; probably akin to Greek ostrakon shell and to Greek drys tree
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