• WordNet 3.6
    • n Torreya nutmeg-yews
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torreya A genus of conifers, of the tribe Taxeæ, distinguished from the related genus Taxus by the complete or partial attachment of the seed to its surrounding capsule or berry, and by anther-cells being connate in a semicircle. It includes 4 species, 2 natives of China (see kaya) and Japan, the others American—T. taxifolia of Florida and T. Californica of California. They are evergreen trees, with flat, linear, two-ranked leaves resembling those of the yew, but longer, and with a larger ovoid drupaceous fruit, sometimes 1½ inches long. The Florida species. often called Torrey-tree or savin, is locally known as stinking cedar (which see, under stink). The western species is the California nutmeg.
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