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

Definition of Aeschynomene

: 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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First Known Use of Aeschynomene

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aeschynomene

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

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“Aeschynomene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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