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- adj. Belonging to the Sapotaceae family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a natural order (Sapotaceæ) of (mostly tropical) trees and shrubs, including the star apple, the Lucuma, or natural marmalade tree, the gutta-percha tree (Isonandra), and the India mahwa, as well as the sapodilla, or sapota, after which the order is named.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the characters of Sapota; belonging or pertaining to the Sapotaceæ.
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The Talpa region has long been renowned for its chicle; pre-Columbian Indians discovered that the sticky latex of the sapotaceous trees native to this area could be used to make hard, rubber-like balls.
-- This sapotaceous plant is cultivated for its fruit, which is called marmalade, on account of its containing a thick agreeably flavored pulp, bearing some resemblance in appearance and taste to quince marmalade.
This sapotaceous plant attains a great size in Guiana and affords a dense, close-grained, valuable timber.
Archipelago, the native _habitat_ of the sapotaceous tree that yields the gutta percha.