noun gar·cin·ia \gärˈsinēə\

Definition of garcinia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of tropical Asiatic trees (family Guttiferae) having thick coriaceous leaves and baccate fruit with arilled seed — see gamboge, kokum butter, mangosteen

  2. 2 plural -s :  any tree of the genus Garcinia

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Origin and Etymology of garcinia

New Latin, from Laurent Garcin †1751 French botanist + New Latin -ia

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