Proserpinaca

noun
Pro·​ser·​pi·​na·​ca | \ prōˌsərpəˈnākə \

Definition of Proserpinaca

: a genus of North American aquatic or marsh herbs (family Haloragaceae) having finely divided or pinnatifid leaves, tiny perfect but apetalous axillary flowers, and small bony angled fruit — see mermaid weed

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History and Etymology for Proserpinaca

New Latin, from Latin, a plant, probably knotweed, from Proserpina, goddess of the subterranean world of the dead, from Greek Persephonē

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“Proserpinaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Proserpinaca. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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