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lespedeza

[les-pi-dee-zuh] /ˌlɛs pɪˈdi zə/
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any shrub or herb belonging to the genus Lespedeza, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and lavender flowers, grown for forage, soil improvement, etc.
Origin of lespedeza
< New Latin (1803), after V. M. de Zespedez (misread as Lespedez), 18th-century Spanish governor of East Florida
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