Ac·​a·​ly·​pha | \ ˌakəˈlīfə, əˈkaləfə \

Definition of Acalypha

: 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

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First Known Use of Acalypha

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acalypha

New Latin, from Greek akalyphē, alteration of akalēphē nettle

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“Acalypha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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