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tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave abacus
tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus Abelmoschus esculentus , gumbo , Hibiscus esculentus , lady's-finger , okra , okra plant
large evergreen arborescent herb having huge paddle-shaped leaves and bearing inedible fruit that resemble bananas but edible young flower shoots; sometimes placed in genus Musa Abyssinian banana , Ensete ventricosum , Ethiopian banana , Musa ensete
widely distributed herbs and shrubs and trees; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales Acanthaceae , acanthus family , family Acanthaceae
diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation accent , accent mark
large tropical American evergreen yielding chicle gum and edible fruit; sometimes placed in genus Achras Achras zapota , Manilkara zapota , sapodilla , sapodilla tree
sweet flags; sometimes placed in subfamily Acoraceae Acorus , genus Acorus
cellular slime molds; in some classifications placed in kingdom Protoctista Acrasiomycetes , class Acrasiomycetes
genus of herbs and shrubs of Australia and South Africa: everlasting flower; most species usually placed in genus Helipterum Acroclinium , genus Acroclinium
in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae Acrostichum , Asplenium , genus Acrostichum , genus Asplenium
mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation acute , acute accent , ague
cosmopolitan genus of ferns: maidenhair ferns; in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae Adiantum , genus Adiantum
vine with feathery leaves and white or pinkish flowers; sometimes placed in genus Fumaria Adlumia fungosa , Allegheny vine , climbing fumitory , Fumaria fungosa
American herb having flat-topped clusters of small white flower heads; reputedly a cause of trembles and milk sickness; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium Ageratina altissima , Eupatorium rugosum , white sanicle , white snakeroot
rhizomatous plant of central and southeastern United States and West Indies having large showy heads of clear blue flowers; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium ageratum , Conoclinium coelestinum , Eupatorium coelestinum , mist-flower , mistflower
tansy-scented Eurasian perennial herb with buttonlike yellow flowers; used as potherb or salad green and sometimes for potpourri or tea or flavoring; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum alecost , balsam herb , bible leaf , Chrysanthemum balsamita , costmary , mint geranium , Tanacetum balsamita
trailing European aromatic plant of the mint family having rounded leaves and small purplish flowers often grown in hanging baskets; naturalized in North America; sometimes placed in genus Nepeta alehoof , field balm , gill-over-the-ground , Glechoma hederaceae , ground ivy , Nepeta hederaceae , runaway robin
small genus of bitter-rooted herbs of eastern North America and Asia; sometimes placed in family Melanthiaceae Aletris , genus Aletris
shad-like food fish that runs rivers to spawn; often salted or smoked; sometimes placed in genus Pomolobus alewife , Alosa pseudoharengus , Pomolobus pseudoharengus
erect shrub having racemes of tawny yellow flowers; the dried leaves are used medicinally as a cathartic; sometimes placed in genus Cassia Alexandrian senna , Alexandria senna , Cassia acutifolia , Cassia augustifolia , Indian senna , Senna alexandrina , tinnevelly senna , true senna
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