- any of various plants of the genus Ephedra, growing in dry regions and having branching stems with dry scalelike leaves.
Origin of ephedra
Examples from the Web for ephedra
The main ingredient was ephedra, which was shortly after taken off the market for causing heart attacks.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
July 14, 2014
Scarcely any change in vegetation occurs: an Ephedra, very common up the kotul and abundantly in fruit.
With small and abundantly-produced flowers, this resembles Ephedra, hence its name.Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs
A. D. Webster
- any gymnosperm shrub of the genus Ephedra, of warm regions of America and Eurasia: the source of ephedrine: family Ephedraceae, phylum Gnetophyta
Word Origin and History for ephedra
genus of low, branchy desert shrubs, 1914, from Modern Latin (1737) from Greek ephedra, a name given by Pliny to the horsetail, literally "sitting upon," from fem. of ephedros, from epi "on" (see epi-) + hedra "seat, base, chair, face of a geometric solid" (see sedentary). The reason for the name is not known.