Definition of eriophorum
1 capitalized : a genus of bog sedges (family Cyperaceae) characterized by cottony masses of spikelets, the perianth consisting of soft bristles
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Eriophorum —called also cotton grass
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Origin and Etymology of eriophorum
New Latin, from erio- + -phorum (neuter of -phorus)
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