sym·​plo·​cos | \ ˈsimpləˌkäs \

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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History and Etymology for symplocos

New Latin, from Late Greek symplokos entwined, from symplekein to plait together

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“Symplocos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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