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leucaena

[loo-see-nuh] /luˈsi nə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Leucaena, of the legume family, which includes the lead tree.
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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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