Definition of Podocarpus

1 : a genus of evergreen trees and shrubs (family Podocarpaceae) chiefly of the southern hemisphere that have spirally-arranged, flattened, needlelike leaves and seeds surrounded by a usually red or purplish fleshy aril
2 podocarpus plural podocarpus also podocarpuses : any tree of the genus Podocarpus — see alpine totara, breede river yellowwood , brown pine sense 2a, east african yellowwood , real yellowwood, yacca

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First Known Use of Podocarpus

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Podocarpus

New Latin, from pod- + -carpus

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Cite this Entry

“Podocarpus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Podocarpus. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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