Definition of erianthus
1 capitalized : a genus of reedlike grasses having spikes crowded in a panicle clothed with long silky hairs
2 plural -es : any plant of the genus Erianthus —called also plume grass
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Origin and Etymology of erianthus
New Latin, from Greek eri wool (short for erion, eirion, diminutive of eiros fleece) + New Latin -anthus
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