Oxytropis

noun Ox·yt·ro·pis \äkˈsi‧trəpə̇s\

Definition of Oxytropis

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of oxytropis

New Latin, from 1oxy- + Greek tropis ship's keel; akin to Greek trepein to turn; from the pointed keel of the corolla — more at trope


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