noun Ptero·car·ya \-ˈka(a)rēə\

Definition of Pterocarya

  1. :  a genus of Asiatic trees (family Juglandaceae) having thin-shelled nuts subtended by bracteoles that become enlarged in the two-winged fruit

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Origin and Etymology of pterocarya

New Latin, from pter- + Greek karya nut tree, from karyon nut — more at careen

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a trip made at another's expense

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