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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various often thorny North American trees or shrubs of the genus Bumelia, especially B. lanuginosa or B. lycioides of the southern United States, having very hard wood and black fleshy fruit. Also called buckthorn, shittimwood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, of the natural order Sapotaceœ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deciduous or evergreen American shrubs small trees having very hard wood and milky latex

Etymologies

New Latin Būmelia, genus name, from Latin būmelia, ash tree, from Greek boumeliā : bous, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + meliā, ash.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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