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[sap-uh-tey-shuh s]
  1. belonging to the Sapotaceae, the sapodilla family of plants.
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Origin of sapotaceous

1835–45; < New Latin Sapotace(ae) name of the family (see sapota, -aceae) + -ous
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Historical Examples

  • This sapotaceous plant attains a great size in Guiana and affords a dense, close-grained, valuable timber.

    Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture

    William Saunders

British Dictionary definitions for sapotaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Sapotaceae, a family of leathery-leaved tropical plants: includes the gutta-percha and balata trees, sapodilla, and shea
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin sapota sapota
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