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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Origin and Etymology of bombacopsis

borrowed from New Latin, from Bombac-, Bombaxbombax + -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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