from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small evergreen tree (Cordia sebestena) native to the Florida Keys, the West Indies, and northern South America, having large orange and scarlet flowers in terminal clusters. It is widely cultivated in the tropics.
After John Geiger (fl. c. 1832), American friend of John James Audubon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)