capitalized : a genus of prostrate or climbing American herbaceous plants (family Cucurbitaceae) with greenish white flowers followed by densely spiny oblong to ovate fruits
plural -es : any plant of the genus Echinocystis

Word History


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

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“Echinocystis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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