[ pi-tos-per-uhm, pit-uh-spawr-uhm, -spohr- ]
/ pɪˈtɒs pər əm, ˌpɪt əˈspɔr əm, -ˈspoʊr- /
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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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How to use pittosporum in a sentence
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.An Elementary Manual of New Zealand Entomology|G. V. Hudson
British Dictionary definitions for pittosporum
/ (pɪˈtɒspərəm) /
any of various trees and shrubs of the Pittosporum genus of Australasia, Asia, and Africa, having small fragrant flowers
Word Origin for pittosporum
New Latin, from Greek pitta pitch (from the resinous coating of the seeds) + spora seed
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