myoporum

myoporum

[mahy-op-er-uhm]
noun
any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Myoporum, chiefly of Australia and New Zealand, cultivated in warm regions as hedges or ornamentals.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1786) < Greek (ein) to shut (the eyes) + Neo-Latin -porum, derivative of Late Latin porus pore2, alluding to the spots on the leaves, suggesting closed pores

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