One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of tropical, mainly African, evergreen trees and shrubs of the family Sapotaceae, chiefly bearing white scented flowers. Also (mimusops): the fruit of such a plant.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Mimusops (Linnaeus Species Plantarum I. 349) from Byzantine Greek μιμοῦς, genitive of μιμώ monkey (from ancient Greek μῖμος) + ancient Greek ὤψ face.
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