noun el·e·phan·to·pus \ˌeləˈfantəpəs\

Definition of elephantopus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of alternate-leaved perennial American herbs (family Compositae) with agglomerate bracted heads of blue or purple flowers

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

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Origin and Etymology of elephantopus

New Latin, from elephanto- (from Latin elephantus elephant) + -pus — more at elephant

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