ce·​a·​no·​thus | \ ˌsē-ə-ˈnō-thəs How to pronounce ceanothus (audio) \

Definition of ceanothus

: any of a genus (Ceanothus) of American vines, shrubs, and small trees of the buckthorn family having the calyx disk adherent to the ovary

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Recent Examples on the Web Late summer brought a squadron of swallowtail butterflies that seemed to prefer feeding on the leathery leaves of ceanothus while nearby the busy skipper butterflies focused on clusters of wildflowers closer to the ground. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Volunteering at fire lookout towers a rewarding experience," 16 Nov. 2020 This sale features drought-tolerant Southwestern, California native and Australian plants — including ceanothus, tecoma, manzanita and westringia — as well as cactuses, succulents, tomato and vegetable seedlings, fruit trees and herbs. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "It's spring gardening season: 12 plant sales to get you digging," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ceanothus

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ceanothus

New Latin, from Greek keanōthos, a thistle

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“Ceanothus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceanothus. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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