Acalypha

noun

Ac·​a·​ly·​pha
ˌakəˈlīfə,
əˈkaləfə
: a genus of herbs and shrubs (family Euphorbiaceae) found in warm regions and having alternate leaves and monoecious apetalous flowers which are showy in cultivated species see chenille sense 2

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek akalyphē, alteration of akalēphē nettle

First Known Use

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Acalypha was circa 1771

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“Acalypha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Acalypha. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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