les·​pe·​de·​za ˌle-spə-ˈdē-zə How to pronounce lespedeza (audio)
: 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, 11 July 2018 These include asters, ornamental salvias, caryopteris, perovskia, lespedeza, buddleia and chrysanthemums. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, 8 June 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lespedeza was in 1811

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“Lespedeza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lespedeza. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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les·​pe·​de·​za ˌles-pə-ˈdē-zə How to pronounce lespedeza (audio)
: any of a genus of plants of the legume family including some widely used to improve soil and for hay

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