Capsella

noun
Cap·​sel·​la | \ kapˈselə \

Definition of Capsella

: a genus of widely distributed weeds of the family Cruciferae with basal tufted leaves, small white racemose flowers, and notched markedly flattened pods — see shepherd's purse

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History and Etymology for Capsella

New Latin, from Latin capsa box, case + New Latin -ella

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“Capsella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Capsella. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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