ephedra

[ ih-fed-ruh, ef-i-druh ]
/ ɪˈfɛd rə, ˈɛf ɪ drə /

noun

any of various plants of the genus Ephedra, growing in dry regions and having branching stems with dry scalelike leaves.

Origin of ephedra

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek ephédra the horsetail plant, literally, sitting (upon a place), equivalent to ep- ep- + hédra seat, sitting (see cathedra)
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ephedra

/ (ɪˈfɛdrə) /

noun

any gymnosperm shrub of the genus Ephedra, of warm regions of America and Eurasia: the source of ephedrine: family Ephedraceae, phylum Gnetophyta

Word Origin for ephedra

C18: New Latin, from Latin, from Greek ephedros a sitting upon, from epi- + hedra seat
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