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genista

[juh-nis-tuh] /dʒəˈnɪs tə/
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 of genista
1615-1625
1615-25; < New Latin, Latin: the broomplant
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