copernicia

noun
co·​per·​ni·​cia | \ ˌkōpə(r)ˈnish(ē)ə \

Definition of copernicia

1 capitalized : a small genus of lofty tropical American fan palms having cup-shaped flowers followed by a one-seeded drupe — see carnauba
2 plural -s : a palm of the genus Copernicia

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History and Etymology for copernicia

New Latin, from Nicolaus Copernicus + New Latin -ia

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“Copernicia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copernicia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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