leucaena

[ loo-see-nuh ]
/ luˈsi nə /

noun

any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Leucaena, of the legume family, which includes the lead tree.

Nearby words

  1. letup,
  2. letzeburgesch,
  3. leu,
  4. leu enkephalin,
  5. leuc-,
  6. leucas,
  7. leucemia,
  8. leucine,
  9. leucinuria,
  10. leucippus

Compare ipil-ipil.

Origin of leucaena

< New Latin (1842), apparently < Greek leukaín(ein) to become white (derivative of leukós white, bright; see leuko-) + New Latin -a -a2

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