or sim·a·ru·ba

  1. 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.
  2. the bark of this family of trees and shrubs.

Origin of simarouba

1745–55; < French < Carib simaruba Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for simarouba



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

Word Origin for simarouba

C18: from New Latin, from Carib simaruba
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