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dicentra

[ dahy-sen-truh ]
/ daɪˈsɛn trə /
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noun

any of several plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, having long clusters of drooping flowers, as the Dutchman's-breeches or the bleeding heart.

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Origin of dicentra

1833; <New Latin <Greek díkentr(os) with two stings or spurs, equivalent to di-di-1 + -kentros, derivative of kéntron a spur, point, sting (derivative of kenteîn to prick, sting) + Latin -a-a2
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dicentra
/ (daɪˈsɛntrə) /

noun

any Asian or North American plant of the genus Dicentra, such as bleeding heart and Dutchman's-breeches, having finely divided leaves and ornamental clusters of drooping flowers: family Fumariaceae

Word Origin for dicentra

C19: New Latin, from Greek dikentros having two sharp points, from di- 1 + kentron sharp point, from kentein to prick; see centre
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