leucothoe

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of 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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