Origin of encina

1905–10, Americanism; < American Spanish, Spanish: holm oak, by syncope, shortening, and assimilation < Late Latin īlicīna holm oak, orig. feminine of īlicīnus pertaining to holm oak, equivalent to Latin īlic- (stem of īlex) ilex1 + -īnus -ine1
Related formsen·ci·nal, adjective


[en-thee-nah, -see]
  1. Juan del [hwahn del] /ʰwɑn dɛl/, 1468?-1529?, Spanish poet, composer, and playwright.
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