thapsia

noun thap·sia \ˈthapsēə\

Definition of thapsia

  1. 1 plural -s :  a plant of the genus Thapsia; especially :  deadly carrot

  2. 2 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

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Origin and Etymology of thapsia

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


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