: 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
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

Word History


New Latin, from pod- + -carpus

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Podocarpus was in 1822

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“Podocarpus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Podocarpus. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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