xan·​thor·​rhoea | \ ˌzan(t)thəˈrēə \

Definition of xanthorrhoea

1 capitalized : a genus of Australian plants (family Liliaceae) having a thick woody trunk or caudex that bears a cluster of stiff linear leaves and a dense terminal spike of small flowers — see grass tree
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea

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History and Etymology for xanthorrhoea

New Latin, from xanth- + -rrhea; from the yellow gum it exudes

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“Xanthorrhoea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xanthorrhoea. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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