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- n. A genus of trees of the gamopetalous order Sapotaceæ and the suborder Eusapoteæ, type of tribe Palaquieæ, having 6 sepals, 6 petals, and 12 stamens. There are about 60 species, found mainly in the East Indies. They are trees charged with abundant milky juice, and often reach great size. They bear rigid leaves, shining or closely covered with minute red or brown hairs, and clusters of rather small flowers at the nodes. P. Gutta is the true gutta-percha tree, formerly referred to different related genera. See
- n. large genus of Malaysian trees with milky juice and leathery leaves
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