leu·​coth·​oe | \ lüˈkäthəˌwē \

Definition of leucothoe

1 capitalized : a large genus of American and Asiatic shrubs of the family Ericaceae with herbage that contains a poisonous substance similar to that found in shrubs of the genus Kalmia and with flowers in terminal and axillary one-sided racemes
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Leucothoe

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History and Etymology for leucothoe

New Latin, from Latin Leucothoe, legendary Persian princess supposed to have been changed by Apollo into a sweet-scented shrub

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“Leucothoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leucothoe. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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