plural -s : a plant of the genus Thapsia
especially : deadly carrot
capitalized : a small genus of herbs (family Umbelliferae) of the Mediterranean region having the flowers in compound umbels without involucres and the fruit broadly winged

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a poisonous plant, from Greek, from Thapsos, town and peninsula in Sicily

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“Thapsia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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