Raph·i·ol·e·pis | \ˌrafēˈäləpə̇s\

Definition of Raphiolepis 

: a small genus of ornamental Asiatic shrubs (family Rosaceae) grown for their evergreen, glossy, alternate leaves and rather showy white or pink flowers in racemes or panicles — see indian hawthorn , japanese hawthorn

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History and Etymology for Raphiolepis

New Latin, irregular from Greek rhaphis needle + New Latin -o- + -lepis

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