arachis

noun

ar·​a·​chis
ˈa-rə-kəs,
ˈer-ə-
1
capitalized : a small genus of mostly Brazilian herbs (family Leguminosae) with yellow flowers and pods that ripen underground see peanut
2
plural -es : a plant of the genus Arachis

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin (Linnaeus), probably derived from the presumed base of Latin arachidna, arachidnē, the geocarpic legume Lathyrus amphicarpos, borrowed from Greek aráchidna, of non-Indo-European origin

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“Arachis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arachis. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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