sophora

noun
so·​pho·​ra | \ səˈfōrə \

Definition of sophora

1 capitalized : a genus of trees and shrubs (family Leguminosae) that are natives of the warmer parts of both hemispheres and have odd-pinnate leaves and rather showy flowers with a broad or rounded standard and oblong keel — see japanese pagoda tree , kowhai, mescal bean sense 2
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Sophora

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History and Etymology for sophora

New Latin, from Arabic ṣufayrā', a tree of the genus Sophora

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“Sophora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sophora. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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