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Any of various shrubs of the genus Scaevola (family Goodeniaceae), found on islands and coasts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans; specifically the beach berry, S. taccada (more fully "beach naupaka"), which bears distinctive one-sided white flowers and white berries.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Hillebrand (1821–1886). From Hawaiian naupaka.
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