noun tro·pae·o·lum \-ləm\

Definition of tropaeolum

  1. 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 2

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant or flower of the genus Tropaeolum

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Origin and Etymology of tropaeolum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin tropaeum trophy — more at trophy

First Known Use: 1759

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a trip made at another's expense

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