Oxytropis

noun
Ox·​yt·​ro·​pis | \ äkˈsi‧trəpə̇s \

Definition of Oxytropis

: 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

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History and Etymology for Oxytropis

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 22 Sep. 2021.

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