Schinus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Schinus genus of evergreen shrubs and trees of tropical and subtropical regions of South and Central America and Canary Islands and China
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n schinus A genus of polypetalous trees, of the order Anacardiaceæ and tribe Anacardieæ. It is characterized by diœcious flowers with unaltered calyx, five imbricated petals, ten stamens, three styles, and a one-celled ovary with a single ovule pendulous from near the summit of the cell, and becoming in fruit a globose wingless drupe resembling a pea, containing a leathery or bony stone penetrated by oil-tubes. There are about 13 species, natives of warmer parts of South America and Australia. They are trees or shrubs with alternate and odd-pinnate leaves, and small white flowers in axillary and terminal bracted panicles. For S. Molle, see peppertree, 1; and for S. terebinthifolius, see aroeira.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Schinus skī′nus a genus of South American trees, of order Anacardiaceæ, the leaves yielding abundantly a fragrant, resinous, or turpentine-like fluid.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. schinos, the mastic-tree.