Definition of caryopteris
1 capitalized : a genus of Asian shrubs (family Verbenaceae) with a 5-lobed corolla, four exserted stamens, and a fruit of 4-winged nutlets — see bluebeard
2 plural caryopterides \-ˌäpˈterəˌdēz\ : any plant of the genus Caryopteris
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Origin and Etymology of caryopteris
New Latin, from cary- + -pteris (irregular from Greek pteron wing); from the wings on the carpels
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