: a genus of plants (family Cyperaceae) having the scales of the spikelet 2-ranked, the flowers all perfect, and the spikelets alike see galingale sense 2, nut grass sense 1a, papyrus sense 1, umbrella plant sense 1

Word History


New Latin, from Latin cyperos, a kind of rush, from Greek kypeiros, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew kōper, a resin

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“Cyperus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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