from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Melastoma of flowering plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of evergreen tropical shrubs; -- so called from the black berries of some species, which stain the mouth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Old World genus of plants, type of the natural order Melastomaceæ, belonging to the tribe Os-beckieæ.

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

  • n. type genus of Melastomataceae; Asiatic shrubs with leathery leaves and large purple flowers followed by edible fleshy black berries


From the genus name. (Wiktionary)



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