encephalartos

noun en·ceph·a·lar·tos \ ə̇nˌsefəˈlärtəs \

Definition of encephalartos

1 capitalized : a genus of arborescent African cycads (family Cycadaceae) having stout cylindrical trunks and a terminal crown of mostly long spiny pinnate leaves — see kaffir bread
2 plural -es : any plant of the genus Encephalartos

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Origin and Etymology of encephalartos

New Latin, from Greek enkephalos heart of the date palm, brain + artos bread


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