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clerodendrum

[ kleer-uh-den-druhm, kler- ]
/ ˌklɪər əˈdɛn drəm, ˌklɛr- /
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noun
any of numerous tropical trees or shrubs of the genus Clerodendrum, having clusters of variously colored flowers.
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Also cle·ro·den·dron [kleer-uh-den-druhn, kler-]. /ˌklɪər əˈdɛn drən, ˌklɛr-/.

Origin of clerodendrum

<New Latin (Linnaeus), equivalent to Greek klēro- (combining form of klêros lot, chance) + déndron tree; allegedly so named in reference to the varying uses of its species, some being medicinal, some poisonous
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