ag·​a·​thos·​ma | \ ˌa-gə-ˈthäz-mə \

Definition of agathosma

1 capitalized : a genus of southern African shrubs (family Rutaceae) having heathlike foliage from which a sulfur-containing oil used in folk medicine is obtained and numerous small flowers in dense heads
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Agathosma, several of which are cultivated in the cool greenhouse

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First Known Use of agathosma

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agathosma

New Latin, from agath- + -osma

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“Agathosma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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