schaefferia

noun

schaef·​fe·​ria
shāˈfirēə
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Schaefferia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schaefferia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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