les·​pe·​de·​za | \ ˌle-spə-ˈdē-zə How to pronounce lespedeza (audio) \

Definition of lespedeza

: any of a genus (Lespedeza) of herbaceous or shrubby plants of the legume family including some widely used for forage, soil improvement, and hay

Examples of lespedeza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One species Ledford is up against is Sericea lespedeza, a flowering legume. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 These include asters, ornamental salvias, caryopteris, perovskia, lespedeza, buddleia and chrysanthemums. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Spend time with mushroom experts – they’ll grow on you," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of lespedeza

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lespedeza

New Latin, irregular from V. M. de Zespedes flourished 1785 Spanish governor of East Florida

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“Lespedeza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lespedeza. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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