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  • n. Any of the genus Podocarpus of podocarp conifers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of coniferous trees of the tribe Taxoide√¶, characterized by solitary or twin pistillate flowers surrounded by a few scales, bearing a somewhat stalked and projecting blade, which envelops the single adnate and inverted ovule.

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

  • n. evergreen trees or shrubs; sometimes classified as member of the family Taxaceae


From the genus name. (Wiktionary)



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  • TThe backyard teemed with podocarpus trees, which had thin, pointy leaves and small sour purple berries. Neighbors tore down their trees to build swimming pools, but my parents told the bulldozer drivers to keep away from ours.
    David Kushner, Alligator Candy: A Memoir (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), ch. 5.

    May 15, 2016