- n Caryocar type genus of the Caryocaraceae; South American trees yielding strong fine-grained wood and edible nuts
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n caryocar A genus of plants, natural order Ternstrœmiaceæ, consisting of 8 species of lofty trees, natives of tropical America. They produce good timber, and their fruits, contain 3 or 4 large kidney-shaped seeds inclosed in an extremely hard woody shell, reddish-brown in color and covered with roundish protuberances. They are called souari-nuts or butternuts, have a pleasant nutty flavor, and yield a bland oil. The chief source of these nuts is C. nuciferum, a tree frequently reaching the height of 100 feet, common in the forests of British Guiana, particularly on the banks of the rivers Essequibo and Berbice. Its flowers are large and of a deep purplish-red color.