sa·​ma·​ra ˈsa-mə-rə How to pronounce samara (audio)
: a dry indehiscent usually one-seeded winged fruit (as of an ash or elm tree)

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Examples of samara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 31 Oct. 2019

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, seed of the elm

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of samara was in 1577


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“Samara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


sa·​ma·​ra ˈsam-ə-rə How to pronounce samara (audio)
: a dry usually one-seeded winged fruit (as of an elm tree) that does not split open when ripe

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Sa·​ma·​ra sə-ˈmär-ə How to pronounce Samara (audio)
variants or 1935–91 Kuybyshev
ˈkwē-bə-ˌshef How to pronounce Samara (audio)
city of eastern Russia in Europe in the valley of the Volga River population 1,165,000

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