Gymnocladus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gymnocladus small genus of deciduous trees of China and United States having paniculate flowers and thick pulpy pods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gymnocladus jĭm*nŏ"lȧ*dŭs (Bot) A genus of leguminous plants; the Kentucky coffee tree. The leaves are cathartic, and the seeds a substitute for coffee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gymnocladus A genus of leguminous trees, closely allied to the honeylocust (Gleditschia), and indigenous throughout the Ohio valley. The only species, G. Canadensis, known as the Kentucky coffee-tree, is a large ornamental timber-tree with stout branchlets, doubly pinnate leaves, and small flowers, followed by long hard pods inclosing several large seeds. Its wood is heavy, strong, and durable, of a rich reddish-brown color, taking a high polish and occasionally used in cabinet-work. The seeds were formerly used as a substitute for coffee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gymnocladus jim-nok′lad-us a genus of North American trees, the pods slightly aperient.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. gymno`s naked + kla`dos a branch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. gymnos, naked, klados, a branch.