Definition of Lecythis

1. n. A genus of gigantic trees, chiefly Brazilian, of the order Myrtaceæ, having woody capsules opening by an apical lid. Lecythis Zabucajo yields the delicious sapucaia nuts. L. Ollaria produces the monkey-pots, its capsules. Its bark separates into thin sheets, like paper, used by the natives for cigarette wrappers.



Definition of Lecythis

1. designating a family of tropical shrubs [adj]

Medical Definition of Lecythis

1. A genus of gigantic trees, chiefly Brazilian, of the order Myrtaceae, having woody capsules opening by an apical lid. Lecythis Zabucajo yields the delicious sapucaia nuts. L. Ollaria produces the monkey-pots, its capsules. Its bark separates into thin sheets, like paper, used by the natives for cigarette wrappers. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. 3 an oil flask. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lecythis

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lectureships
lectureth
lecturing
lecturn
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lecythi
lecythiform
lecythis (current term)
lecythus
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Literary usage of Lecythis

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1. A Contribution to Our Knowledge of Seedlings by John Lubbock (1896)
"Only three or four of the first leaves of lecythis ... The following four leaves of lecythis are roundly cordate followed by four that are ovate, ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"(9 sp. ); Bertholletia, H. and Bonpl. (2 sp.) ; lecythis, Linn. (42 sp. ... (lecythis in varte auct., 6 sp.) ; Couratari, Aubl. (8 sp.); Cariniana, Casar. ..."

3. Personal narrative of travels to the equinoctial regions of America, during by Alexander von Humboldt (1885)
"The seeds have two very distinct coverings, and this circumstance renders the structure of the fruit more complicated than in the lecythis, ..."

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