from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An unknown aromatic thorny shrub mentioned in the Apocrypha and by some of the old herbalists.
  • noun The South African broom, a large genus of African plants, natural order Leguminosæ, with small heath-like leaves, and generally with yellow flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A thorny shrub yielding a fragrant oil.
  • noun A genus of plants of the natural order Leguminosæ. The species are chiefly natives of the Cape of Good Hope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany Any of the genus Aspalathus of flowering plants.
  • noun obsolete A thorny shrub yielding a fragrant oil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun genus of South African heathlike shrubs


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From Latin aspalathus, from Ancient Greek ἀσπάλαθος (aspalathos).


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