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derris

[der-is] /ˈdɛr ɪs/
noun
1.
any East Indian plant belonging to the genus Derris, of the legume family, especially D. elliptica, the roots of which contain rotenone and are used as an insecticide.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; Neo-Latin < Greek: a covering, derivative of déros skin, hide; see derma1
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derris

/ˈdɛrɪs/
noun
1.
any East Indian leguminous woody climbing plant of the genus Derris, esp D. elliptica, whose roots yield the compound rotenone
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek: covering, leather, from deros skin, hide, from derein to skin
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