desmodium

noun des·mo·di·um \ dezˈmōdēəm \

Definition of desmodium

1 capitalized :a large genus of coarse chiefly tropical and perennial leguminous herbs comprising the tick trefoils and having stipulate pinnate leaves, racemose flowers, and indehiscent fruits that separate into one-seeded segments and often stick to anything touching them — see beggarweed, telegraph plant
2 plural -s :a plant of the genus Desmodium

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Origin and Etymology of desmodium

New Latin, probably irregular from Greek desmos band, bond + New Latin -ium


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