Definition of Phytelephas

1. Noun. Small genus of South American feather palms.




Definition of Phytelephas

1. n. A genus of South American palm trees, the seeds of which furnish the substance called vegetable ivory.

Medical Definition of Phytelephas

1. A genus of South American palm trees, the seeds of which furnish the substance called vegetable ivory. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. A plant + the elephant; also, ivory. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phytelephas

phytanate
phytane
phytanes
phytanic
phytanic acid
phytanic acid alpha-oxidase
phytanic acid storage disease
phytanoyl-CoA ligase
phytanoyl-coenzyme A hydroxylase
phytanyl
phytase
phytases
phytate
phytates
phytelephantoid
phytelephas (current term)
phytic acid
phytin
phytins
phytivorous
phyto-
phytoaccumulation
phytoagglutinin
phytoalexin
phytoalexins
phytobacteria
phytobacterial
phytobacterium
phytobenthos
phytobezoar

Literary usage of Phytelephas

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1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1860)
"On some Uses to which the Nuts of the Vegetable Ivory Palm (phytelephas macrocarpa) is applied. By GEORGE BENNETT, MJ)., FLS S(C., of Sydney, ..."

2. Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany by William Jackson Hooker (1854)
"45 and 46-47 (a folio plate) are devoted to admirable illustrations of the "Vegetable Ivory," phytelephas macrocarpa. The remaining three plates are devoted ..."

3. A General System of Botany Descriptive and Analytical: In Two Parts by Emmanuel Le Maout, Joseph Decaisne, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1876)
"OVARY of 4 1-ovuled cells (phytelephas), or 1-celled and 1-ovuled ... style terminal, divided into 5-6 stigmatic branches (phytelephas), or basilar, ..."

4. A Student's Text-book of Botany by Sydney Howard Vines (1896)
"These are low-growing-Palms, Nipa belonging to the East Indies, and phytelephas to tropical America : the hard endosperm of phytelephas is known as ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1846)
"The perisperm of a species of Astrocaryum in British Guiana is stated by Sir Robert Schom- burgk to be as hard as that of phytelephas. ..."

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