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

History and Etymology for 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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“Chamaecrista.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chamaecrista. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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