One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of trees and shrubs of the family Euphorbiaceae, native to the Old World tropics, some members of which have strikingly large leaves; (also macaranga) a tree or shrub of this genus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin Macaranga from Malagasy mokarana, a Madagascan species of the genus.
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