amorpha

noun

amor·​pha
əˈmȯrfə
1
capitalized : a genus of American herbs or shrubs (family Leguminosae) with odd-pinnate leaves and purplish spicate flowers, the corolla being reduced to one petal see false indigo, leadplant
2
plural -s : a plant of the genus Amorpha

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek amorphē, feminine of amorphos shapeless

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amorpha was in 1753

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“Amorpha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amorpha. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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