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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History and Etymology for desmodium

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

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“Desmodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desmodium. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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