: a genus of rough annual herbs (family Boraginaceae) with oblong leaves and scorpioid-spicate yellow flowers, at least the lowest being leafy-bracted see fiddle-neck sense 2

Word History


New Latin, from Wilhelm Amsinck †1831 German botanist + New Latin -ia

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amsinckia was in 1836

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“Amsinckia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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