noun Cni·do·sco·lus

Definition of Cnidoscolus

  1. :  a genus of stinging perennial herbaceous or shrubby plants (family Euphorbiaceae) characterized by alternate mostly long-petioled palmately veined and often lobed or divided leaves and stipules armed with stinging bristles

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Origin and Etymology of cnidoscolus

New Latin, from cnido- (from Greek knidē nettle) + Greek skōlos thorn, pointed stake; akin to Greek skallein to hoe — more at cnida, shell

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to cast off or become cast off

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