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sapodil'la fam"ily

the plant family Sapotaceae, characterized by chiefly tropical trees and shrubs having milky juice, simple leaves, small flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry, and including the buckthorn (genus Bumelia), sapodilla, star apple, and trees that are the source of gutta-percha and balata.

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

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