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cecropia

División en sílabas: ce·cro·pi·a
Pronunciación: /səˈkrōpēə
 
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Definición de cecropia en inglés:

sustantivo

1A fast-growing tropical American tree, typically among the first to colonize a cleared area. Many cecropias have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
  • Genus Cecropia, family Cecropiaceae
Example sentences
  • Carmen made us pause in our conversation to look at the moon, a perfect orange lantern cradled in the arms of a cecropia tree.
  • Another tree species on Saint Lucia is bois canon, or cecropia, whose large, palm-like leaves decay very slowly when they fall to the ground.
2 (also cecropia moth) A very large North American silkworm moth with boldly marked reddish-brown wings. The caterpillars feed on a variety of forest trees.
  • Hyalophora cecropia, family Saturniidae
Example sentences
  • The cecropia moth, for example, produces a peptide that attacks many kinds of bacteria.
  • The strategy is a bit like that of northern cecropia moth pupae, which do not stir unless previously chilled for a sufficiently long time.
  • The initial discovery was an MLE present in 1000 or more copies in the genome of the silk moth Hyalophora cecropia, which was only distantly related to those we had been studying in Drosophila.

Origen

early 19th century: modern Latin, from the name Cecrops, a king of Attica.

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