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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of myrtaceous shrubs and trees, of over 500 species, which are found in tropical or subtropical America and tropical Asia, with a few species in Africa and Australia.
  • noun A genus of humming-birds. E. imperatrix is a fine species from Ecuador, green with a violet throat-spot.
  • noun A genus of dipterous insects, of the family Muscidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of myrtaceous plants, mostly of tropical countries, and including several aromatic trees and shrubs, among which are the trees which produce allspice and cloves of commerce.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the tribe Myrtae.
  • proper noun A female given name. Variant: Eugenie.

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  • noun tropical trees and shrubs with aromatic leaves and often valuable hard wood

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek Εὐγενία, feminine form of Εὐγένιος ( =Eugene) "well born".

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