dan·​tho·​nia | \ danˈthōnēə\

Definition of danthonia

1 capitalized : a large genus of tufted erect perennial grasses chiefly of the southern hemisphere and North America with narrow leaves and small terminal panicles or racemes of densely crowded florets
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Danthonia

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History and Etymology for danthonia

New Latin, irregular from Étienne Danthoine, 19th century French botanist & New Latin -ia

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