di·​chon·​dra | \ dī-ˈkän-drə How to pronounce dichondra (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web For existing broadleaf weeds such as clover, dandelions, dichondra, poison ivy, roadside asters and others, use a broadleaf weed killer containing 2,4-D. Apply it according to label directions for best results. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 17 May 2018 There also are perennial weeds, such as dollarweed, oxalis, white clover, dichondra, dandelion and Indian strawberry. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dichondra

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Dichondra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichondra. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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