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sterculia

[stur-kyoo-lee-uh] /stɜrˈkyu li ə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical trees of the genus Sterculia, of which some species are grown as ornamentals and some are the source of commercially valuable wood.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin Stercul(us) a Roman deity supposed to have invented manuring (derivative of stercus manure, excrement) + ia -ia; from the fetid odor of the blossoms of certain species
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sterculia

/stɜːˈkjuːlɪə/
noun
1.
a dietary fibre used as a food stabilizer and denture adhesive. It is the dried gum tapped from the trunk and stems of the tree Sterculia urens, native to Central India and Pakistan
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