ge·​nis·​ta | \ jə̇ˈnistə \

Definition of genista

1 capitalized : a large genus of Old World often spiny shrubs (family Leguminosae) with simple leaves and yellow flowers
2 plural -s : canary broom

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First Known Use of genista

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for genista

New Latin, from Latin, broom

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“Genista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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