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leucaena

[loo-see-nuh]
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noun
  1. any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Leucaena, of the legume family, which includes the lead tree.
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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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