noun cyt·i·sus \-səs, -zəs\

Definition of cytisus

  1. 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 1

  2. 2 plural cytisi :  a plant of the genus Cytisus

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Origin and Etymology of cytisus

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

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