Definition of Cnidoscolus
: 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
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of cnidoscolus
New Latin, from cnido- (from Greek knidē nettle) + Greek skōlos thorn, pointed stake; akin to Greek skallein to hoe
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Cnidoscolus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).