[ sam-er-uh, suh-mair-uh ]
/ ˈsæm ər ə, səˈmɛər ə /

noun Botany.

an indehiscent, usually one-seeded, winged fruit, as of the elm or maple.


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Origin of samara

1570–80; < New Latin; Latin samara, samera elm seed

Definition for samara (2 of 2)

[ suh-mahr-uh; Russian suh-mah-ruh ]
/ səˈmɑr ə; Russian sʌˈmɑ rə /


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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for samara (1 of 2)

/ (səˈmɑːrə, ˈsæmərə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for samara (2 of 2)

/ (Russian saˈmarə) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for samara

[ sămər-ə ]

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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