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myoporum

[ mahy-op-er-uhm ]
/ maɪˈɒp ər əm /
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noun

any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Myoporum, chiefly of Australia and New Zealand, cultivated in warm regions as hedges or ornamentals.

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Origin of myoporum

<New Latin (1786) <Greek (ein) to shut (the eyes) + New Latin -porum, derivative of Late Latin poruspore2, alluding to the spots on the leaves, suggesting closed pores
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