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Nyssa aquatica (type species)


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Nyssa f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Cornaceae – the tupelo tree, etc.

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Formerly classified in the family Nyssaceae (now subsumed into Cornaceae).


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  1. A female given name
    • 1992, Jude Deveraux, The Duchess[1], page 276:
      Claire would have wagered there was nothing in life that could make her like Nyssa.
      But Claire had not counted on Nyssa herself. Nyssa's aim in life seemed to be to do whatever she wanted whenever she wanted to do it.
    • 2009, Benjamin W. Schenk, The Immortals: Eternal War[2], page 583:
      “What?” Nyssa asks, in shock.
      Bejine hurries from the area with his daughter in his arms. Barry, Nyssa and the rest quickly follow.
      Bejine stops outside of the portal. He is about to enter it when Nyssa stops him.
      “You said 'only on this world'?" Nyssa remarks. "What did you mean by that?"
    • 2012, Bertrice Small, Love, Remember Me[3], page 100:
      Bliss gasped, and Nyssa could not help the little giggle that escaped her. It was not often that someone could set her aunt back on her heels so firmly and neatly.
  2. (historical) A ancient Roman town in Cappadocia, noted for its once bishop, the 4th century Christian saint Gregory of Nyssa.