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[pi-tos-per-uh m, pit-uh-spawr-uh m, -spohr-]
  1. any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Pittosporum, native to warm regions of the Old World, many species of which are cultivated as ornamentals for their attractive foliage, flowers, or fruit.
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Origin of pittosporum

< New Latin, equivalent to Greek (Attic) pitto- (combining form of pítta, píssa pitch2) + spór(os) seed (see spore) + New Latin -um neuter noun ending; so called from the resinous coating of the seeds
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Examples from the Web for pittosporum

Historical Examples of pittosporum

  • The musk-tree and the Pittosporum scent the air, and lovely twining plants help to form an impenetrable foliage.

    Australian Pictures

    Howard Willoughby

  • The larva feeds on Pittosporum eugenioides, where it may be sometimes found in October and November.

British Dictionary definitions for pittosporum


  1. any of various trees and shrubs of the Pittosporum genus of Australasia, Asia, and Africa, having small fragrant flowers
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Word Origin for pittosporum

New Latin, from Greek pitta pitch (from the resinous coating of the seeds) + spora seed
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