iresine

noun

ire·​si·​ne
ˌīrəˈsī(ˌ)nē
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 sense 2
2
plural -s : any plant of the genus Iresine

Word History

Etymology

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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“Iresine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iresine. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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