iresine

noun ire·si·ne \ ˌīrəˈsī(ˌ)nē \

Definition of iresine

1 capitalized :a genus of tropical American opposite-leaved herbs (family Amaranthaceae) having small spicate or paniculate scarious flowers and often colored foliage — see achyranthes 2
2 plural -s :any plant of the genus Iresine

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Origin and Etymology of iresine

New Latin, modification of Greek eiresiōnē branch of olive or laurel wound round with wool and hung with fruits; from the woolly calyx


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