al·​chor·​nea | \ al-ˈkȯr-nē-ə \

Definition of alchornea

1 capitalized : a genus of tropical trees and shrubs (family Euphorbiaceae) with alternate leaves and small unisexual apetalous flowers in spikes or racemes
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Alchornea

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First Known Use of alchornea

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alchornea

New Latin, from Stanesby Alchorne † about 1799 English botanist

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“Alchornea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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