Tournefortia

noun

Tour·​ne·​for·​tia
ˌtu̇rnəˈfȯrshēə,
-rtēə
: a large genus of tropical trees and shrubs (family Boraginaceae) having alternate leaves and terminal cymes of small flowers and a fruit that is a fleshy or spongy 4-celled drupe

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Joseph Pitton de Tournefort †1708 French botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Tournefortia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tournefortia. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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