tro·​pae·​o·​lum | \ -ləm \

Definition of tropaeolum

1 capitalized : a genus of tropical American diffuse or climbing pungent herbs constituting the family Tropaeolaceae and having lobed or dissected peltate leaves and showy variously colored spurred flowers succeeded by a fruit composed of three distinct rugose carpels — see canarybird flower, nasturtium sense 2
2 plural -s : any plant or flower of the genus Tropaeolum

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First Known Use of tropaeolum

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tropaeolum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin tropaeum trophy

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“Tropaeolum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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