Ruta

noun
Ru·​ta | \ ˈrütə \

Definition of Ruta

: a large genus (the type of the family Rutaceae) of Eurasian strong-scented herbs and undershrubs having yellow or greenish flowers and 4- to 5-toothed petals that are borne on the receptacle — see rue

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New Latin, from Latin, rue (herb)

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“Ruta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ruta. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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