Calophyllum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Calophyllum genus of tropical evergreen trees
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calophyllum In botany, a genus of plants, natural order Guttiferœ. The species are large timber-trees of the tropics, rich in balsamic resins, with oily seeds, and shining leaves which have numerous transverse parallel veins, giving the plants a very beautiful appearance. C. Inophyllum yields a medical resin, the tacamahac of the East Indies. The seeds yield an oil which is in high repute for rheumatic complaints and bruises. The galba- or calaba-tree, C. Calaba, of the West Indies and Brazil, the keena, C. tomentosum, of Ceylon, the C. Tacamahaca of the Isle of Bourbon and Madagascar, and other species, furnish resins and oils, as well as strong and durable timber. The fruits of some species are edible.
    • n calophyllum In zoology, a genus of rugose stone-corals, of the family Cyathophyllidœ.
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Usage

In literature:

Calophyllum spectabile, Little Nicobar Do.
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
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