mel·​i·​lo·​tus | \ ˌmeləˈlōtəs \

Definition of melilotus

1 capitalized : a genus of annual or biennial erect Old World leguminous herbs that comprise the sweet clovers, have trifoliolate leaves, small white or yellow flowers in axillary racemes, and short straight one-seeded or two-seeded pods, and are widely cultivated and naturalized as escapes
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Melilotus

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History and Etymology for melilotus

New Latin, from Latin melilotos melilot

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“Melilotus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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