Pithecolobium

noun

Pith·​e·​co·​lo·​bi·​um
ˌpithə̇kəˈlōbēəm
: a large genus of tropical shrubs and trees (family Leguminosae) having bipinnate leaves and globose heads of flowers with many stamens and a twisted or coiled pod see algarrobilla, cat's-claw sense 1b, rain tree, wild tamarind

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from pithec- + Greek lobion small lobe, diminutive of lobos lobe

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“Pithecolobium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pithecolobium. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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