noun sym·plo·cos \ˈsimpləˌkäs\

Definition of symplocos

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of trees and shrubs (family Styracaceae) having flowers with the calyx tube adnate to the 5-celled ovary which becomes a fleshy indehiscent fruit and numerous stamens inserted on the corolla and being widely distributed in all continents except Europe and Africa — see sweetleaf ; symplocaceae

  2. 2 plural symplocos also symplocoses :  any plant of the genus Symplocos

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Origin and Etymology of symplocos

New Latin, from Late Greek symplokos entwined, from symplekein to plait together — more at symplectic

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