: a large widely distributed genus of often shrubby herbs (family Leguminosae) having odd-pinnate leaves and racemose or spicate flowers each of which has a pealike corolla with a clawed petal see locoweed

Word History


New Latin, from oxy- + Greek tropis ship's keel; akin to Greek trepein to turn; from the pointed keel of the corolla

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“Oxytropis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oxytropis. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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