noun Wel·witsch·ia \welˈwichēə\

Definition of Welwitschia

  1. :  a monotypic genus of desert plants (family Gnetaceae) of southwestern Africa characterized by a trunk less than a foot high but often six feet in circumference, two persistent leaves that grow at the base and die at the apex, and cone-shaped inflorescences

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Origin and Etymology of welwitschia

New Latin, from Friedrich Welwitsch †1872 Austrian botanist + New Latin -ia

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to cast off or become cast off

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