dichondra

noun di·chon·dra \ dī-ˈkän-drə \

Definition of dichondra

: any of a genus (Dichondra) of chiefly tropical perennial herbs of the morning glory family that includes some (especially D. repens or its varieties) used as a ground cover and a substitute for lawn grasses in warmer parts of the U.S.

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Origin and Etymology of dichondra

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, from di- di- + -chondra, feminine adjective derivative from Greek chóndros "grain (of wheat, salt, etc.), seed" — more at chondro-
Note: Taxon introduced by the naturalists Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-98) and his son Georg Forster (1754-94) in Characteres generum plantarum quas in itinere ad insulas Maris Australis collegerunt… (London, 1776), p. 40 and tabula 20. The Forsters state that the name alludes to the two "granules" (seed capsules) that are produced by each flower ("Compositum nomen ex [Greek letters] dis geminus, binus, et [Greek letters] chondros granum, quia duo granula cuilibet flori succedunt").


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