noun Phy·tel·e·phas \fīˈteləˌfas\

Definition of Phytelephas

  1. :  a small genus of South American pinnate-leaved palms having simple drooping flower spikes with many stamens and syncarpous fruit — see ivory nut

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Origin and Etymology of phytelephas

New Latin, from phyt- + Greek elephas elephant, ivory — more at elephant

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to cast off or become cast off

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