[ek-wuh-see-tuh m]
noun, plural eq·ui·se·tums, eq·ui·se·ta [ek-wuh-see-tuh] /ˌɛk wəˈsi tə/.
  1. any plant of the genus Equisetum, comprising the horsetails.

Origin of equisetum

1820–30; < New Latin; Latin equisaetum, equivalent to equi-, combining form of equus horse + saet(a) bristle + -um neuter noun suffix
Related formseq·ui·se·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for equisetic


noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)
  1. any tracheophyte plant of the genus Equisetum, which comprises the horsetails

Word Origin for equisetum

C19: New Latin, changed from Latin equisaetum, from equus horse + saeta bristle
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