Definition of ginkgo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪŋkɡəʊ/
(also gingko)

noun (plural ginkgos or ginkgoes)

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.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with ginkgo

pinko, stinko

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