noun Cle·thra \ˈklēthrə, -eth-\

Definition of Clethra

  1. :  a genus (coextensive with the family Clethraceae) of deciduous shrubs or trees with stellate pubescence and capsular fruits of three locules — see sweet pepperbush, white alder

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Origin and Etymology of clethra

New Latin, from Greek klēthra alder; akin to German (Tirolese dialect) lutter green alder (Alnus viridis)

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