- an indehiscent, usually one-seeded, winged fruit, as of the elm or maple.
Origin of samara
1570–80; < New Latin; Latin samara, samera elm seed
[suh-mahr-uh; Russian suh-mah-ruh]
- a port in the SE Russian Federation in Europe, on the Volga.
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The flowers of the Ash have no corolla, and the fruit is a samara.Botany for Ladies
Fruit a membranous, compressed, winged capsule (a samara), 1-seeded.
Fruit a 2-celled, 2-seeded capsule, flattened and foliaceous at the extremity (a samara).
Fruit a 2-celled and 2-seeded samara, winged all round, nearly orbicular.
- a dry indehiscent one-seeded fruit with a winglike extension to aid dispersal: occurs in the ash, maple, etcAlso called: key fruit
C16: from New Latin, from Latin: seed of an elm
- a port in SW Russia, on the River Volga: centre of an important industrial complex; oil refining. Pop: 1 140 000 (2005 est)Former name (1935–91): Kuibyshev, Kuybyshev
Word Origin and History for samara
dried fruit of certain trees, from Latin samara "the seed of the elm," variant of samera, perhaps from Gaulish.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An achene (a dry, one-seeded fruit) in which the pericarp is modified into a winglike structure adapted for airborne dispersal. The seeds of the ash, elm, and maple are contained in samaras.
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