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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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