Definition of Ptelea
: a small genus of North American shrubs or small trees (family Rutaceae) having 3- to 5-foliolate leaves and panicles of small greenish flowers with 4 or 5 imbricated petals and a rounded samara — see hop tree
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Origin and Etymology of ptelea
New Latin, from Greek ptelea elm; perhaps akin to Latin tilia linden
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