: a genus of herbs or low shrubs (family Rosaceae) mostly native to south temperate regions and having compound leaves and spiny calyces see new zealand bur

Word History


New Latin, from Greek akaina spike, goad, from akē point

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acaena was in 1776

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“Acaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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