Definition of ginkgo
noun (plural ginkgoes or ginkgos)
- a deciduous Chinese tree related to the conifers, with fan-shaped leaves and yellow flowers. It has a number of primitive features and is similar to some Jurassic fossils. Also called maidenhair tree.
- Ginkgo biloba, the only living member of the family Ginkgoaceae and order Ginkgoales, class Coniferopsida
late 18th century: from Japanese ginkyō, from Chinese yínxìng