Am·​herst·​ia | \ amˈhərstēə, aˈmər- \

Definition of Amherstia

: a genus of leguminous trees of India and Burma containing a single species (A. nobilis) of trees with immense pinnate leaves and pendent clusters of yellow-spotted vermilion flowers

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First Known Use of Amherstia

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amherstia

New Latin, from Sarah, Countess Amherst †1838 & Sarah Elizabeth Amherst †1876 British amateur naturalists + New Latin -ia

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“Amherstia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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