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
plural -s : any plant or flower of the genus Tropaeolum

Word History


New Latin, diminutive of Latin tropaeum trophy

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tropaeolum was in 1759

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“Tropaeolum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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