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A small evergreen tree or shrub of New Zealand, Griselinia littoralis (family Griseliniaceae), having large, thick, shiny leaves; also called broadleaf (see "broad [noun¹, adverb]"). Also NZ: a coprosma, Coprosma grandifolia (family Rubiaceae).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From Maori pāpāuma.
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