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noun (pl2=ginkgoes)
  1. A Chinese tree with small fan-shaped leaves and edible seeds.
  2. The seed of the ginkgo tree.
    Etymology: From Chinese éæ (yínxíng) "silver apricot". The same characters are used in Japanese (ichÅ) and Korean (eunhang). The Japanese characters used to write ginkgo look as though they could be read ginkyÅ, and this was the name Engelbert Kaempfer, the first Westerner to see the species in 1690, wrote down in his Amoenitates Exoticae (1712). However, his y was misread as a g, and the misspelling stuck.

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