derris

derris

[der-is]
noun
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:
1855–60; Neo-Latin < Greek: a covering, derivative of déros skin, hide; see derma1

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derris (ˈdɛrɪs)
 
n
any East Indian leguminous woody climbing plant of the genus Derris, esp D. elliptica, whose roots yield the compound rotenone
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek: covering, leather, from deros skin, hide, from derein to skin]

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