diapensia

noun di·a·pen·sia \ ˌdīəˈpensēə \

Definition of diapensia

1 capitalized :a genus (the type of the family Diapensiaceae) of boreal dwarf evergreen plants with small crowded coriaceous leaves and flowers on short peduncles
2 plural -s :any plant of the genus Diapensia

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Origin and Etymology of diapensia

New Latin, perhaps irregular from Greek dia pente by fives + New Latin -ia; from the five-leaved calyx


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