noun echi·no·cys·tis \"+ˈsistə̇s\

Definition of echinocystis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of prostrate or climbing American herbaceous plants (family Cucurbitaceae) with greenish white flowers followed by densely spiny oblong to ovate fruits

  2. 2 plural -es :  any plant of the genus Echinocystis

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Origin and Etymology of echinocystis

New Latin, from echin- + -cystis; from the spiny globular fruit

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