from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various evergreen shrubs or plants of the genus Pittosporum, native to the warmer regions of the Old World and grown as ornamental or hedge plants in the southern United States and Pacific coastal states.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many flowering plants of the genus Pittosporum
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, type of the order Pittosporeæ, characterized by the thick wingless seeds, and thick loculicidal capsule, which is coriaceous or woody, globose, ovate, or obovate, often compressed and with imperfect partitions.
New Latin, genus name : Greek pissa, pitta, pitch + New Latin spora, spore; see spore.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)