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seringa

[suh-ring-guh] /səˈrɪŋ gə/
noun
1.
any of several Brazilian trees of the genus Hevea, yielding rubber.
Origin of seringa
1730-1740
1730-40; < Portuguese, variant of syringa
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  • “These are seringa trees,” said Uncle Paul, pointing them out.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
  • seringa Vale is the farm where I shall be quartered, Bob tells me.

  • Saying this, he let himself down into the water, and turned towards the seringa.

  • Our adventurers passed a tolerable night among the sipos of the seringa.

  • Tightly clutching their cudgels, both reascended the seringa, and renewed the battle with the birds.

  • One of these he gave Richard, to hold under the tap while he made a second incision upon a longer limb of the seringa.

  • On parting from the seringa, he had brought these articles along with him, his companion carrying a share of the load.

  • We next went out to collect the pots we had hung up on the seringa trees.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
  • seringa, se-ring′g, n. a name of several Brazilian trees yielding india-rubber.

  • The young Paraense called it seringa, and this is the name he had been accustomed to hear given to it.

British Dictionary definitions for seringa

seringa

/səˈrɪŋɡə/
noun
1.
any of several euphorbiaceous trees of the Brazilian genus Hevea, that yield rubber
2.
a deciduous simaroubaceous tree, Kirkia acuminata, of southern Africa with a graceful shape
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese, variant of syringa
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