from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of coniferous trees of the tribe Taxoideæ, characterized by solitary or twin pistillate flowers surrounded by a few scales, bearing a somewhat stalked and projecting blade, which envelops the single adnate and inverted ovule.

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  • noun Any of the genus Podocarpus of podocarp conifers.

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  • noun evergreen trees or shrubs; sometimes classified as member of the family Taxaceae


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From the genus name.


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  • TThe backyard teemed with podocarpus trees, which had thin, pointy leaves and small sour purple berries. Neighbors tore down their trees to build swimming pools, but my parents told the bulldozer drivers to keep away from ours.
    David Kushner, Alligator Candy: A Memoir (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), ch. 5.

    May 15, 2016