Descurainia

noun Des·cu·rain·ia \ˌdekəˈrānēə, ˌdāk-\

Definition of Descurainia

  1. :  a genus of annual or biennial herbs (family Cruciferae) of America and Europe differing from members of the genus Sisymbrium in having a pubescence of stellate or forked hairs and comprising the tansy mustards — see tansy mustard

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Origin and Etymology of descurainia

New Latin, from François Déscourian †1740 French botanist + New Latin -ia


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