Scorpiurus

noun Scor·pi·u·rus \ˌskȯ(r)pēˈyu̇rəs\

Definition of Scorpiurus

  1. :  a genus of herbs (family Leguminosae) of the Mediterranean region and the Canary islands having simple leaves, small yellow flowers on naked peduncles, and twisted pods

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Origin and Etymology of scorpiurus

New Latin, from Late Latin, a kind of heliotrope, from Latin scorpiuron, from Greek skorpiouron, from neuter of skorpiouros having a tail like that of a scorpion, from skorpios scorpion + -ouros -urous — more at scorpion


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