Definition of dipterocarp in English:

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dipterocarp

Pronunciation: /ˈdiptərəˌkärp/

noun

A tall forest tree from which are obtained resins and timber for the export trade, occurring mainly in Southeast Asia.
  • Family Dipterocarpaceae: numerous species.
Example sentences
  • Seed volumes were calculated as an ellipsoid of revolution from the nut length and width data obtained from literatures on dipterocarps.
  • The feeding platform, situated 20 feet up an enormous dipterocarp tree, was successfully completed, with the young volunteers having to learn carpentry at the same time as basic safety rope work.
  • Despite its seemingly small size, Bako contains a wide range of vegetation - swam forest, scrub-like padang vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest and delicate cliff vegetation.

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Dipterocarpus, from Greek dipteros 'two-winged' + karpos 'fruit'.

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Syllabification: dip·ter·o·carp

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