capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Penaeaceae) of southern African shrubs with small sessile leaves and spicate yellowish or reddish flowers
plural -s : any plant of the genus Penaea

Word History


New Latin, from Pierre Pena 16th century French botanist

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“Penaea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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