Definition of jambosa
1 Jambosa in former classifications : a genus of woody plants (family Myrtaceae) having opposite leathery leaves and clusters of showy flowers and including plants (such as the Java plum, Malay apple, and rose apple) often formerly placed in the genus Eugenia but now placed in another genus (Syzygium)
2 or jambos \ˈjamˌbäs, -bōs\ plural jambosas or jambos : rose apple 1a
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Origin and Etymology of jambosa
borrowed from New Latin, derivative of the earlier specific epithet jambos, borrowed from Portuguese, “rose apple” (originally plural, taken as singular in New Latin), borrowed from Malay jambu, any of various plants of the genus Syzygium, borrowed from Sanskrit jambuḥ “rose apple”
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