bombacopsis

noun
bom·​ba·​cop·​sis | \ ˌbämbəˈkäpsə̇s \

Definition of bombacopsis

1 capitalized : a genus of large trees (family Bombacaceae) with capsular fruits that burst when dry or release a soft brown wool surrounding the small brown seeds
2 plural bombacopses : any tree of the genus Bombacopsis

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History and Etymology for bombacopsis

borrowed from New Latin, from Bombac-, Bombax bombax + -opsis -opsis

Note: Genus name introduced by the Swiss-born Latin-American botanist Henri François Pittier (1857-1950) in “New or Noteworthy Plants from Colombia and Central America—5,” Contributions from the United States National Herbarium, vol. 18, part 4 (1916), pp. 159-61.

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“Bombacopsis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombacopsis. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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