Saussurea

noun
Saus·​su·​rea | \ sȯˈsu̇rēə \

Definition of Saussurea

: a genus of herbs (family Compositae) found mostly in temperate and cool regions of Eurasia with heads of blue or purple flowers that resemble thistles — see costusroot

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History and Etymology for Saussurea

New Latin, after H. Bénédict de Saussure †1799 and his son N. Théodore de Saussure †1845 Swiss naturalists

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“Saussurea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saussurea. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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