Cnidoscolus

noun

Cni·​do·​sco·​lus
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Cnidoscolus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cnidoscolus. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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