foth·​er·​gil·​la | \ ˌfät͟hə(r)ˈgilə \

Definition of fothergilla

1 capitalized : a small genus (family Hamamelidaceae) of deciduous shrubs of the southeastern U.S. that have alternate coarsely toothed leaves with petioles and stipules and bear white apetalous flowers in terminal heads or spikes
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Fothergilla

called also witch alder

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History and Etymology for fothergilla

New Latin, from John Fothergill †1780 British physician and botanist

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“Fothergilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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