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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of shrubs, founded by Roxburgh in 1814, belonging to the natural order Rubiaceæ, tribe Pederieæ, distinguished by the 5-celled ovary, 5-parted style, and reticulate seed-coat, and embracing 3 or 4 species, natives of India, China, and the Indian archipelago.


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