Definition of Gnaphalium
: a large genus of hoary or woolly-tomentose widely distributed herbs (family Compositae) having whitish persistent involucres — see balsamweed 1
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Origin and Etymology of gnaphalium
New Latin, alteration of Latin gnaphalion cudweed, modification of Greek gnaphallion, from gnaphallon flock of wool, from gnaptein to card, alteration of knaptein; akin to Old English hnæppan to strike, Old Norse hnafa to cut, Lithuanian knabėti to peel, Latin cinis ashes — more at incinerate
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