samara

noun
sa·​ma·​ra | \ ˈsa-mə-rə How to pronounce samara (audio) ; sə-ˈma-rə, -ˈmär-ə \

Definition of samara

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dry indehiscent usually one-seeded winged fruit (as of an ash or elm tree)

called also key

Samara

geographical name
Sa·​ma·​ra | \ sə-ˈmär-ə How to pronounce Samara (audio) \
variants: or 1935–91 Kuybyshev \ ˈkwē-​bə-​ˌshef How to pronounce Kuybyshev (audio) , ˈkü-​ē-​bə-​ , -​ˌshev \

Definition of Samara (Entry 2 of 2)

city of eastern Russia in Europe in the valley of the Volga River population 1,165,000

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In the meaning defined above

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Not familiar with the term samara referring to the winged fruit of the elm, ash, maple, and sycamore, among other trees? Then how about "key," "whirlybird," "helicopter," "whirligig," or "spinning jenny"? Those nicknames are all excellent descriptors of a samara. A samara resembles a key and when it falls its unique shape enables it to spin like a helicopter's rotor and drift away from its tree. Botanists began using the term "samara" in the late 16th century. In Latin, it means literally "seed of the elm."

Examples of samara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tree of heaven seed clusters hang down, each seed inside a flat samara like a small disc, that dries to brown-gray in winter. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: On alert for the spotted lanternfly and what’s wrong with the holly," 31 Oct. 2019 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Demetris Nellas, Washington Post, "Constantine Mitsotakis, conservative Greek prime minister, dies at 98," 29 May 2017 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Demetris Nellas, Washington Post, "Constantine Mitsotakis, conservative Greek prime minister, dies at 98," 29 May 2017 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Demetris Nellas, Washington Post, "Constantine Mitsotakis, conservative Greek prime minister, dies at 98," 29 May 2017 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Demetris Nellas, Washington Post, "Constantine Mitsotakis, conservative Greek prime minister, dies at 98," 29 May 2017 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Demetris Nellas, Washington Post, "Constantine Mitsotakis, conservative Greek prime minister, dies at 98," 29 May 2017 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Demetris Nellas, Washington Post, "Constantine Mitsotakis, conservative Greek prime minister, dies at 98," 29 May 2017 Samaras served as prime minister from 2012 to 2015, in coalition with the Socialists. Washington Post, "Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies," 28 May 2017

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First Known Use of samara

Noun

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for samara

Noun

New Latin, from Latin, seed of the elm

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“Samara.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samara. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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