myoporum

[mahy-op-er-uh m]
noun
  1. any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Myoporum, chiefly of Australia and New Zealand, cultivated in warm regions as hedges or ornamentals.

Origin of myoporum

< New Latin (1786) < Greek mý(ein) to shut (the eyes) + New Latin -porum, derivative of Late Latin porus pore2, alluding to the spots on the leaves, suggesting closed pores
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