ˌȯltə(r)ˈnanthərə also ˌal-
capitalized : a genus of low herbs (family Amaranthaceae) chiefly of tropical America and Australia with inconspicuous flowers see alligator weed
plural -s : a plant of the genus Telanthera

Word History


New Latin, from Latin alternus + New Latin -anthera

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alternanthera was in 1794

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“Alternanthera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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