agathosma

noun ag·a·thos·ma \ˌa-gə-ˈthäz-mə\

Definition of agathosma

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Agathosma, several of which are cultivated in the cool greenhouse

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Origin and Etymology of agathosma

New Latin, from agath- + -osma


First Known Use: 1819


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