Definition of symplocos
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 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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