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erigeron

[ih-rij-uh-ron, -er-uh n]
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noun
  1. any composite plant of the genus Erigeron, having flower heads resembling those of the asters but with narrower and usually more numerous white or purple rays.
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Origin of erigeron

1595–1605; < Latin ērigeron the plant groundsel < Greek ērigérōn, equivalent to êri early (cognate with ere) + gérōn (see geronto-)
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  • This plant appears to be generically distinct from Erigeron, particularly in its stipitate pappus.

    Expedition into Central Australia

    Charles Sturt


British Dictionary definitions for erigeron

erigeron

noun
  1. any plant of the genus Erigeron, whose flowers resemble asters but have narrower rays: family Asteraceae (composites)See also fleabane (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek, from ēri early + gerōn old man; from the white down characteristic of some species
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