leucaena

leucaena

[loo-see-nuh]
noun
any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Leucaena, of the legume family, which includes the lead tree.
Compare ipil-ipil.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1842), apparently < Greek leukaín(ein) to become white (derivative of leukós white, bright; see leuko-) + Neo-Latin -a -a2

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