eriogonum

eriogonum

[er-ee-og-uh-nuhm, -ee-uh-goh-nuhm]
noun
any of various plants belonging to the genus Eriogonum, of the buckwheat family, native to southern and western North America. Compare umbrella plant ( def 2 ).

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Eriogonum genus name, equivalent to Greek erio- (combining form of érion wool) + -gonum < Greek -gonon, neuter of -gonos, -kneed, -jointed, adj. derivative of gónu knee; so called because the jointed stems are covered with hair

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eriogonum

noun
any plant of the genus Eriogonum with small clustered flowers 
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