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 sense 2
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Iresine

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History and Etymology for 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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“Iresine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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