Raph·​a·​nus | \ ˈrafənəs \

Definition of Raphanus

: a genus of Eurasian herbs (family Cruciferae) characterized by the torulose pods containing globose seeds in a single row — see jointed charlock, radish

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History and Etymology for Raphanus

borrowed from New Latin (Linnaeus), going back to Latin, “radish, charlock,” borrowed from Greek rháphanos “any of various cultivars of Brassica oleracea, radish,” from raph- (base of rháphys, rhápys “turnip”) + -anos, noun suffix

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“Raphanus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Raphanus. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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