com·​bre·​tum | \ kəmˈbrētəm \

Definition of combretum

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Combretaceae, comprising numerous tropical and subtropical small shrubs and trees typically with hard tough wood, bark rich in tannins, flowers with bell-shaped calyces in spikes or racemes, and winged one-seeded fruits
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Combretum

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History and Etymology for combretum

New Latin, from Latin, a kind of plant; akin to Old Norse hvönn wild angelica, Irish cuinneog, Lithuanian švendrai cattail

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“Combretum.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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