noun Aes·chy·nom·e·ne \ˌe-skə-ˈnä-mə-(ˌ)nē\

Definition of Aeschynomene

  1. :  a genus of shrubs and herbs (family Leguminosae) widely distributed in warm regions and having jointed pods and pinnate and often sensitive leaves — see sensitive joint vetch, sola

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Origin and Etymology of aeschynomene

New Latin, from Greek aischynomenē sensitive plant, from aischynē shame + -menē (from menos mind); from the fact that the leafstalks droop when touched

First Known Use: 1760

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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