Salvadora

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Salvadora genus of evergreen trees or shrubs; fruit is a drupe; grows in Africa through Arabia to India and China
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salvadora A genus of gamopetalous shrubs or trees, type of the order Salvadoraceæ. It is characterized by a bell-shaped calyx and corolla, four stamens fixed at the base or middle of the corolla, a one-celled ovary with one ovule, very short style, and broad peltate stigma, the ovary becoming in fruit a globose drupe with papery endocarp and single erect seed. There are 2 or 3 species, natives of India, western Asia, and northern and tropical Africa. They bear opposite entire thickish, commonly pallid leaves, and small flowers on the branches of an axillary or terminal panicle. S. Persica, distributed from India to Africa, has been regarded by some as the mustard of Luke xiii. 19. (See mustard, 1.) The same in India furnishes kikuel-oil, and from the use of its twigs is sometimes called toothbrush-tree.
    • n salvadora In herpetology, a genus of Colubrinæ, having the posterior maxillary teeth not abruptly longer than the preceding ones, a transversely expanded rostral plate with free lateral borders, several preocular plates, smooth scales, and double subcaudal scutes. S. grahamiæ is found in the United States.
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Usage

In literature:

Salvadora persica, L. 162.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
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