urena

noun
ure·​na | \yəˈrēnə\

Definition of urena 

1 capitalized : a small genus of tropical herbs or shrubs (family Malvaceae) having small yellow flowers with five connate bracts, bearing fruit with hooked bristles, yielding a medicinal mucilaginous juice, and including a coarse weedy herb (U. lobata) sometimes cultivated for its fiber which is comparable to jute

2 plural -s

a : any plant of the genus Urena (especially U. lobata)

b or urena lobata \ -​lōˈbātə, -​bätə \ : the cordage fiber derived from the urena (U. lobata)

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History and Etymology for urena

New Latin, from Malayalam uren urena

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