Pedicularis

noun
Pe·​dic·​u·​lar·​is | \ pə̇ˌdikyəˈla(a)rə̇s \

Definition of Pedicularis

: a large genus of hemiparasitic herbs (family Scrophulareaceae) found in temperate or alpine regions that have pinnate or pinnatifid leaves and variously colored bilabiate flowers in terminal spikes — see lousewort

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History and Etymology for Pedicularis

New Latin, from Latin (herba) pedicularis lousewort

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“Pedicularis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pedicularis. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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