fothergilla

noun

foth·​er·​gil·​la
ˌfät͟hə(r)ˈgilə
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Fothergilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fothergilla. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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