Definition of ginkgo in English:

ginkgo

Syllabification: gink·go
Pronunciation: /ˈgiNGkō
 
/
(also gingko)

noun (plural ginkgoes or ginkgos)

  • A deciduous Chinese tree related to the conifers, with fan-shaped leaves and yellow flowers. It has a number of primitive features and is similar to some Jurassic fossils. Also called maidenhair tree.
    • Ginkgo biloba, the only living member of the family Ginkgoaceae and order Ginkgoales, class Coniferopsida
    More example sentences
    • Investigators have suggested that these fossils represent new growth from cycads, deciduous trees, ginkgos and, most commonly, conifer trees.
    • On land, the vegetation generally consisted of conifers, cycads, ginkgos, ferns and horsetails.
    • Plant life consisted mainly of ferns and seed-ferns, with new plants like conifers and ginkgos coming into prominence.

Origin

late 18th century: from Japanese ginkyō, from Chinese yínxìng.

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