schaef·​fe·​ria | \ shāˈfirēə \

Definition of schaefferia

1 capitalized : a small genus of chiefly tropical American shrubs or occasionally small trees (family Celastraceae) having dioecious tetramerous flowers, coriaceous leaves, dry drupaceous fruits containing two seeds without an aril, and hard fine-grained yellow wood that has been used as a substitute for boxwood
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Schaefferia

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History and Etymology for schaefferia

New Latin, from Jacob Christian Schäffer †1790 German naturalist + New Latin -ia

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“Schaefferia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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