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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Malpighia of tropical American shrubs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of tropical American shrubs with opposite leaves and small white or reddish flowers. The drupes of Malpighia glabra (formerly Malpighia urens) are eaten under the name of Barbadoes cherries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of dicotyledonous polypetalous plants, type of the natural order Malpighiaceæ and the tribe Malpighieæ, characterized by having an entire 2- or 3-celled ovary, terminal free styles with obtuse stigmas, a calyx with from 6 to 10 glands, and a drupaceous fruit with 3 crested seeds.

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

  • n. type genus of the Malpighiaceae

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