from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of ginkgo.

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  • n. The Ginkgo biloba, a tree native to East Asia having fan-shaped leaves and edible, fleshy yellow seeds, with no known close living relatives.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Japanese name (also current in western countries) of the maidenhair-tree, adopted by Linnæus (1771) as its generic name; the Salisburia adiantifolia of Sir J. E. Smith (1796). Also written gingo and ginkgo.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of gymnospermous trees, allied to the yew (Taxus), with diœcious flowers, a drupaceous one-seeded fruit, and peculiar fan-shaped deciduous leaves.

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

  • n. deciduous dioecious Chinese tree having fan-shaped leaves and fleshy yellow seeds; exists almost exclusively in cultivation especially as an ornamental street tree


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Japanese 銀杏 (ぎんきょう, ginkyo)


  • The gingko is a species of gymnosperm known as a “living fossil,” because it is the only living species in its group.

    ACSI v. Stearns, aka Wendell Bird vs. UC - The Panda's Thumb

  • Ginkgo biloba also commonly known as the gingko is not found in the wild but it has been preserved by Chinese monks in the Chinese temple gardens as a scared tree since ancient times.


  • You can go until dawn eating deep-fried oysters, bowls of tofu, tongue and grilled gingko nuts.

    Jill Donenfeld: Band Bites: Pigs and Veggies With Matthew Herbert

  • On the marble steps he exhaled a galaxy of smoke at a squirrel that stood upright at the foot of a gingko tree.

    X, Chapter 3: Morowitz

  • For nearly 15 years, Julia had lived on this block, with its old gingko trees, its gas lanterns, and its wide sidewalks.


  • Odyssey House, the drug-treatment facility, which uses the garden as therapy for some of its residents, for the first time this year is growing vegetables—among them basil, tomatoes and Swiss chard—in a part of the garden shaded by an extremely healthy looking gingko tree.

    A Sunny Plot to Feel Good

  • The gentle formula of Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer contains ginger, gingko biloba, and chamomile to hydrate and soothe skin.$34 at

    Pandora Young: Beat Winter Skin Blahs With Moisturizing Makeup

  • She made a mental note to research gingko on Wikipedia when she got home.

    The Rat Eats Last

  • Emma lay on her back, flexing her legs on a dusty yoga mat, the bittersweet stink of gingko blossoms floating in through the basement window.

    The Rat Eats Last

  • Originally, one of the squares was designated for women and children, and features all female gingko trees.

    The Sins of Brother Curtis


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  • simply fan-tastic and may the fan-be-a-way&distant from you

    March 12, 2012

  • ginkgo biloba.

    December 4, 2007

  • I sure couldn't. Think I'll stick to bread in my toaster.

    November 26, 2007

  • Toasted witchetty grubs (sp?) are supposed to taste vaguely nutty. I'm still not sure I could get one past my lips though.

    November 26, 2007

  • Would be kopi cicak, if anything, with cicak pronounced CHEE-chuck. Ononomatopoeia for the sound made by the gecko, who is in fact quite productive of both aural accompaniment and coffee enhancement. What a hardworking little bugger.

    November 26, 2007

  • Are you sure it isn't Kopi Luwak, bilby?

    November 26, 2007

  • Good idea reesetee, the coffee is overpriced. I have no idea why a cappuccino, should one request, costs more in Darwin than in Florence.

    Try witchetty grubs.

    November 26, 2007

  • That does it. I'm just not drinking coffee in Australia ever again.

    November 26, 2007

  • Perhaps Geico can be defined Wordie-style as "gecko poop." I would be totally down with that.

    November 25, 2007

  • Because if I did, it would surely scare the children (as ghosts are wont to do). ;-)

    November 25, 2007

  • Nobody is listing Geico. Why don't you?

    November 25, 2007

  • I believe the word you're looking for is Geico. But I may be wrong.

    November 25, 2007

  • Not that I'm aware of, c_b. It is quite distinctive though, especially when you find it grinning at you from your morning coffee.

    The only Australian animal that I can think of in terms of specific excrement is the kangaroo, droppings of which are often referred to as pellets because of their shape. Granted, this word does have other uses.

    November 25, 2007

  • The image of gecko-shit dropping from the ceiling is one I will carry with me until the day I day.

    November 25, 2007

  • Bilby, I trust you understand I have a reason for asking... would you happen to know if there is a specific term for gecko poo?

    November 24, 2007

  • I do prefer my plants not to be too rowdy.

    Geckos are good in that they help to de-bug your house. Moths, earwigs, other insects, possibly not listening devices. Unfortunately gravity has its way with gecko poo.

    November 24, 2007

  • Would you say that is a good thing?

    November 24, 2007

  • Bit easier if you live in the tropics: gingko does not scamper, upside-down, across the ceiling.

    November 24, 2007

  • Sometimes in my mind I confuse gingko with gecko.

    November 24, 2007