[ stur-kyoo-lee-uh ]
/ stɜrˈkyu li ə /


any of various tropical trees of the genus Sterculia, of which some species are grown as ornamentals and some are the source of commercially valuable wood.

Origin of sterculia

1765–75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Stercul(us) a Roman deity supposed to have invented manuring (derivative of stercus manure, excrement) + ia -ia; from the fetid odor of the blossoms of certain species Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sterculia

/ (stɜːˈkjuːlɪə) /


a dietary fibre used as a food stabilizer and denture adhesive. It is the dried gum tapped from the trunk and stems of the tree Sterculia urens, native to Central India and Pakistan
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