dip·​tero·​carp | \ ˈdip-tə-rō-ˌkärp How to pronounce dipterocarp (audio) \

Definition of dipterocarp

: any of a family (Dipterocarpaceae) of tall hardwood tropical trees chiefly of southeastern Asia that have a 2-winged fruit and are the source of valuable timber, aromatic oils, and resins especially : a tree of the type genus (Dipterocarpus)

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In the most exhilarating scene in The Man Who Climbs Trees (apart from the elephant, maybe), Aldred forgets his water before climbing a massive dipterocarp in Borneo. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Shaking the Tree," 30 May 2018 Almost 250 feet up the dipterocarp, Aldred’s muscles seize up from dehydration and over-exertion. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Shaking the Tree," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of dipterocarp

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dipterocarp

ultimately from Greek dipteros + -karpos -carpous

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