in·​ga | \in sense 1 ˈiŋgə, in senses 2 & 3 iŋˈgä or ˈiŋgə \

Definition of inga

1 capitalized : a genus of tropical shrubs and trees (family Leguminosae) having white or red flowers and large pods that contain an edible pulp and yielding an inferior timber of little durability — see guama
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Inga
3 -s [Portuguese ingá] : camachile

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History and Etymology for inga

New Latin, from Portuguese ingá huamuchil, from Tupi ingá, engá

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“Inga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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