bladdernut
noun Date: 1578 any of a genus (Staphylea of the family Staphyleaceae, the bladdernut family) of ornamental shrubs or small trees with panicles of small white flowers followed by inflated capsules; also one of the capsules

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  • bladdernut — [blad′ərnut΄] n. 1. any of a genus (Staphylea) of shrubs or small trees of the bladdernut family, with fruit that has inflated pods 2. one of these pods adj. designating or of a family (Staphyleaceae, order Sapindales) of dicotyledonous shrubs or …   English World dictionary

  • Bladdernut — Taxobox name = Staphylea image width = 240px image caption = Staphylea colchica regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Crossosomatales familia = Staphyleaceae genus = Staphylea genus authority = L. subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • bladdernut — /blad euhr nut /, n. 1. the bladderlike fruit capsule of any shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea, as S. trifolia, of the eastern U.S. 2. the shrub itself. [BLADDER + NUT] * * * ▪ plant  any shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea of the …   Universalium

  • bladdernut — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : a shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea 2. : the bladderlike seed pod of any bladdernut shrub or tree …   Useful english dictionary

  • bladdernut — noun any of several species of large shrubs or small trees, of the genus Staphylea, in the family Staphyleaceae …   Wiktionary

  • bladdernut — blad•der•nut [[t]ˈblæd ərˌnʌt[/t]] n. 1) pln the fruit capsule of a shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea 2) pln the shrub or tree itself • Etymology: 1575–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • bladdernut family — noun a family of dicotyledonous plants of order Sapindales found mostly in the north temperate zone • Syn: ↑Staphylaceae, ↑family Staphylaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Sapindales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • african bladdernut — noun Usage: usually capitalized A : a small evergreen tree (Royena lucida) of southern Africa with downy shoots, solitary pale yellow or white flowers, and small somewhat fleshy red or purple fruits …   Useful english dictionary

  • american bladdernut — noun Usage: usually capitalized A : a shrub or small tree (Staphylea trifolia) of eastern No. America with trifoliolate leaves, drooping clusters of white flowers, and a bladdery capsule …   Useful english dictionary

  • chinese bladdernut — noun Usage: usually capitalized C : goldenrain tree …   Useful english dictionary

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