Definition of fraxinella
: 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
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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.
Origin and Etymology of fraxinella
New Latin, diminutive of Latin fraxinus ash tree — more at birch
First Known Use: 1578
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