simarouba

or sim·a·ru·ba

[ sim-uh-roo-buh ]
/ ˌsɪm əˈru bə /

noun

any tropical American tree belonging to the genus Simaruba, of the quassia family, having pinnate leaves, a fleshy fruit, and a root whose bark contains an appetite stimulant.
the bark of this family of trees and shrubs.

Nearby words

  1. sim card,
  2. sim.,
  3. sima,
  4. simak,
  5. simar,
  6. simaroubaceous,
  7. simatic,
  8. simazine,
  9. simba,
  10. simbirsk

Origin of simarouba

1745–55; < French < Carib simaruba

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British Dictionary definitions for simarouba

simarouba

simaruba

/ (ˌsɪməˈruːbə) /

noun

any tropical American tree of the genus Simarouba, esp S. amara, having divided leaves and fleshy fruits: family Simaroubaceae
the medicinal bark of any of these trees

Word Origin for simarouba

C18: from New Latin, from Carib simaruba

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