Karwinskia

noun

Kar·​win·​skia kär-ˈwinz-kē-ə How to pronounce Karwinskia (audio)
: 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)

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“Karwinskia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Karwinskia. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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