Wi·​tha·​nia | \ wə̇ˈthānēə \

Definition of Withania

: a small genus of Old World tropical shrubs (family Solanaceae) having woolly leaves and clustered bell-shaped flowers with an enlarged fruiting calyx and including one plant (W. coagulans) used in the East Indies as a substitute for rennet in making cheese

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History and Etymology for Withania

New Latin, from withan (of unknown origin) + New Latin -ia

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“Withania.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Withania. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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