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A city and river port in SW central Russia, situated on the Volga at its confluence with the River Samara; population 1,135,400 (est. 2008).Former name (1935–91) Kuibyshev
A winged nut or achene containing one seed, as in ash and maple.
- ‘As in natural dispersal, we used samaras of the trees, and cleaned, dry shrub seeds.’
- ‘The fruits of the two trees are single-seeded, wind-dispersed samaras, which we refer to as seeds.’
- ‘The fruit of B. monosperma is a single-seeded samara and disperses as a diaspore.’
- ‘Trials with marked seeds showed occasionally some were eaten in traps, but as nearly all of those were left as split samaras, we carefully examined all samaras in traps and counted any split as having been filled.’
- ‘Pollen is dispersed by small bees and dipterans; samaras ripen in autumn and are dispersed by wind.’
Late 16th century: modern Latin, from Latin, denoting an elm seed.
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