carissa

noun

ca·​ris·​sa
kəˈrisə
1
capitalized : a large genus of spiny shrubs (family Apocynaceae) found in tropical Africa, Asia, and Australia
2
plural -s : any plant of the genus Carissa
3
or less commonly carissa plum -s : the plumlike fruit of a plant of the genus Carissa see natal plum

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“Carissa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carissa. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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