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eucryphia

Syllabification: eu·cryph·i·a
Pronunciation: /yo͞oˈkrifēə
 
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Definition of eucryphia in English:

noun

A shrub or small tree with glossy dark green leaves and large white flowers, native to Australia and South America.
  • Genus Eucryphia, family Eucryphiaceae
Example sentences
  • Huge specimens of eucalyptus, eucryphias, magnolias and rhododendrons are underplanted with unusual shrubs and choice perennials like Trilliums, Arisaema and blue poppies.
  • And he did, collecting plants from across the globe: rare azaleas, tall eucryphias with leaves like perfumed confetti, a flowering Chilean fire tree planted to celebrate his Golden Jubilee in 1945.
  • Add to this Lilium auratum; eucryphias - ‘they flower late in August, which is very satisfactory’ - and hoheria, ‘a lovely little tree with the most beautiful honey-scented flowers’.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek eu 'well' + -kruphos 'hidden' (with reference to its joined sepals).

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