Definition of Cantua
: a genus of shrubs or small trees (family Polemoniaceae) having crowded, simple, short-stalked or sessile leaves, flowers in close terminal clusters, and a corolla with a slender tube much exceeding the calyx — see cantuta
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Origin and Etymology of cantua
New Latin, from Spanish cantú cantuta, from Quechua ccantu
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