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Karwinskia

noun Kar·win·skia \ kär-ˈwinz-kē-ə \

medical Definition of Karwinskia

:a genus of shrubs or small trees (family Rhamnaceae) that are chiefly native to Mexico and the southwestern United States, have flowers with small hooded short-clawed petals and fleshy drupes, and include one (K. humboldtiana) with a fruit that has been known to poison birds (as domestic chickens)

Biographical Note for karwinskia

  • Karwinsky Von Karwin play \kär-ˈvin-skē-fȯn-ˈkär-vin\, Wilhelm (died 1855), German traveler. The genus Karwinskia was named in Karwinsky's honor in 1832.

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