[sam-er-uh, suh-mair-uh]

noun Botany.

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.
Formerly Kuibyshev. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a dry indehiscent one-seeded fruit with a winglike extension to aid dispersal: occurs in the ash, maple, etcAlso called: key fruit

Word Origin for samara

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
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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.

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samara in Science



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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