from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An African plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) belonging to the order Gnetaceæ. It consists of a short, woody, topshaped stem, and never more than two leaves, which are the cotyledons enormously developed, and at length split into diverging segments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gymnospermous plants, of the order Gnetaceæ, among the most remarkable in the vegetable kingdom, distinguished by diœcious many-flowered imbricated conelike spikes panicled at the margin of a short woody trunk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. curious plant of arid regions of southwestern Africa having a yard-high and yard-wide trunk like a turnip with a deep taproot and two large persistent woody straplike leaves growing from the base; living relic of a flora long disappeared; some may be 700-5000 years old
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