genista

genista

[juh-nis-tuh]
noun
1.
any plant belonging to the genus Genista, of the legume family, having showy flowers and including many species of broom.
2.
a related plant, Cytisus canariensis, of the canary Islands, having loose clusters of fragrant yellow flowers.

Origin:
1615–25; < Neo-Latin, Latin: the broomplant

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