Chamaecrista

noun Cham·ae·cris·ta

Definition of Chamaecrista

in some classifications
:a genus of herbs or low shrubs characterized by sensitive leaves and suddenly and forcibly dehiscing pods, now included in the genus Cassia

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Origin and Etymology of chamaecrista

New Latin, from chamae- + crista (from crista pavonis, literally, peacock's crest, the pre-Linnaean name of a certain plant of the family Leguminosae)


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