cytisus

noun
cyt·​i·​sus | \ -səs, -zəs \

Definition of cytisus

1 capitalized : a large genus of stiff or spiny shrubs (family Leguminosae) native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia and having showy racemose flowers with a 2-lipped calyx — see broom sense 1
2 plural cytisi : a plant of the genus Cytisus

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History and Etymology for cytisus

New Latin, from Latin, a shrub (Medicago arborea), from Greek kytisos

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“Cytisus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytisus. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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