al·​ter·​nan·​the·​ra | \ ˌȯltə(r)ˈnanthərə also ˌal- \

Definition of alternanthera

1 capitalized : a genus of low herbs (family Amaranthaceae) chiefly of tropical America and Australia with inconspicuous flowers — see alligator weed
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Telanthera

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First Known Use of alternanthera

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alternanthera

New Latin, from Latin alternus + New Latin -anthera

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“Alternanthera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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