fraxinella

noun

frax·​i·​nel·​la ˌfrak-sə-ˈne-lə How to pronounce fraxinella (audio)
: a Eurasian perennial herb (Dictamnus albus) of the rue family with flowers that emit an aromatic flammable vapor in hot weather

called also gas plant

Did you know?

Fraxinella doesn't sound all that exciting-its name comes from the Latin word fraxinus, meaning "ash tree," because its leaves resemble those of an ash tree-but two of its alternate names hint at what's unusual about the plant. Fraxinella is also called "gas plant" and "burning bush" because on a hot summer day the flowers emit a strong vapor that can be ignited. While fraxinella is native to Eurasia, Americans may see it in local gardens-so beware and keep sources of flame away from these perennials.

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, diminutive of Latin fraxinus ash tree — more at birch

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraxinella was in 1578

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“Fraxinella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fraxinella. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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