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buck•eye



Pronunciation: (buk'ī"), [key]
n.,
pl. -eyes.

1. any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Aesculus, as A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), having palmate leaves, gray, scaly bark, and bell-shaped greenish-yellow flowers in upright clusters: the state tree of Ohio.
2. the brown nut of any of these trees.
3. (cap.) a native or inhabitant of Ohio (used as a nickname).
4. a butterfly, Precis lavinia, having dark-brown wings with purple or red eyespots.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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